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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


Ancient lives
new discoveries

Extended until 12 July 2015

This exhibition is now closed

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Gallery Café

Take advantage of three great offers in the relaxed and family-friendly Gallery Café, conveniently located close to the exhibition entrance.

Kids eat for free  One free child’s meal available with every adult main meal.

Cream tea for £5  Selection of loose leaf tea with traditional scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Mezze and wine for £10  Selection of mezze served with a large glass of house wine.

The Gallery Café is located at the far end of Room 12

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