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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 workshop
An African story for young writers

Friday 20 September,
Claus Moser Room
Tickets £30

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

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For Reception and KS1 students

This session uses storytelling and object handling to explore how stories are written and received.

It includes time in the African galleries where students will look for objects to help them compose their own ending to the story.

Includes a gallery visit and lunch break.
All work generated by the students will be available to go back to school at the end of the session.

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

Maximum group size: 30


Age: Reception & Key Stage 1

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African tales workshop © Benedict Johnson