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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
Taught handling sessions for SEN

Monday 18 November,
Free, booking essential

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

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For KS2-4 students from special schools only.

Your students will experience ancient Greece, Egypt, or Roman or medieval Britain through sight, sound, smell and touch with these facilitated sessions.

Afterwards there will be time to take your students to the relevant galleries, which are fully accessible.

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

Maximum group size: 10

Age: Key Stages 2 & 3

Download medieval Britain

Download Egypt notes

Download Greece notes

Download Roman Britain

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A student enjoys the ancient Greece handling session.