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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


School digital session
Museum detectives

Friday 7 February,
10.30–12.00 & 12.30–14.00
Samsung Centre
Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

Sponsored by Samsung

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For Year 5 and 6 students only.

Students learn about the techniques that museum scientists use to investigate ancient objects, then uncover their hidden surprises and create a multimedia presentation that is sent back to school.

This session is in collaboration with the Museum’s Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. The literacy level required for some of the activities makes this session unsuitable for students below Year 5.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.See full terms and conditions

Maximum group size: 30

Age: Key Stage 2

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Students working together on a digital project in the Samsung Centre.