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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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Schools can book in alongside the general public for teacher-led visits throughout the run of the exhibition, subject to ticket availability.

Ancient lives school exclusive mornings
Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and sixth form

Teacher-led visits to the exhibition on a school exclusive morning are supported by free resources which can be downloaded here from May. These mornings are not facilitated by British Museum staff.


  • 24, 25 June
  • 3, 15, 16 July
  • 22, 24 September
  • 7, 22 October
  • 6 November

More sessions for 2014-14 will be announced soon

For more information, call 020 7323 8181 or email tickets@britishmuseum.org

New insights on ancient mummies – facilitated exhibition visit
Key Stage 2

An opportunity to visit the exhibition and find out more about the eight mummies on display with the help of exhibition facilitators. After lunch, your students will be able to follow up some of the themes of the exhibition independently in the Museum’s Egyptian galleries.


  • 26 June
  • 1, 2, 8, 9 July
  • 2, 3, 16, 17 October
  • 4 November

These sessions are now fully booked


Schools resources

Two image bank documents are available for teachers. You can download these files below:

Image bank: mummies 

Image bank: objects 

You can download a primary teachers' guide below:

Primary teachers' guide

Mummy of a priestess named Tayesmutengebtiu in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC

Mummy of a priest’s daughter named Tamut in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC.

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