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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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Restaurant packages

Available 23 June – 14 September 2014

Combine your exhibition visit with a 2 or 3-course lunch (or dinner on Fridays) enjoying a North African inspired menu, or a delicious afternoon tea, in the stunning Great Court Restaurant. This package is 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


  • Court Restaurant coffee
  • Court Restaurant food
  • Court Restaurant food
  • Court Restaurant food
  • Court Restaurant food
  • Court Restaurant chef

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