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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


22 May – 30 November 2014

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Great Court Restaurant

Combine your exhibition visit with a two or three-course lunch (or dinner on Fridays) enjoying a North-African-inspired menu, or a delicious afternoon tea, in the stunning Great Court Restaurant. The exhibition-inspired menu is available until 14 September 2014. All packages are subject to availability.

Restaurant menu 

Afternoon tea menu 

Every day

  • 2-course lunch and 14.00 exhibition entry: £30
  • 3-course lunch and 14.00 exhibition entry: £35
  • 14.00 exhibition entry and afternoon tea: £25


Fridays only

  • Afternoon tea and 18.00 exhibition entry: £25
  • 18.00 exhibition entry and 2-course dinner: £30
  • 18.00 exhibition entry and 3-course dinner: £35


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

  • Gallery Café food
  • Great Court Restaurant food
  • Great Court Restaurant food
  • Great Court Restaurant food
  • Great Court Restaurant food
  • Great Court Restaurant chef
  • Great Court Restaurant coffee

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