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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


The BP exhibition

life and legend

6 March – 22 June 2014
Booking essential

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Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.

Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Read press release 

Ticket information


Adults £16.50*, Members free

Special group packages 

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About the exhibition

Connecting four continents

The Viking Age (800–1050) was a period of major change across Europe. The Vikings expanded from their Scandinavian homelands to create an international network connecting cultures over four continents, where artistic, religious and political ideas met.

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Visiting information

Open daily 10.00–17.30,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 minutes before closing

Friday lates    Access 

Getting here

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Cinema event: Vikings Live

Vikings Live

Coming to a cinema near you

Following the worldwide success of Pompeii Live from the British Museum, don’t miss the next live cinema event from this major exhibition.

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Loan objects

A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).

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Cinema event for children

Viking Adventures

Viking Adventures from the British Museum

A one-hour schools and families broadcast aimed at Key Stage 2 children aged 7–11.

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Related gallery

Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300-1100

Featuring iconic objects from cultures including the Vikings, Romans and Byzantines, the gallery’s centrepiece is the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo – one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology.

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From the blog

  • Viking women, warriors, and valkyries

    19 April 2014

    Odin: What a dream! I dreamt I woke at dawn to tidy Valhalla for the fallen ones; I … made the Valkyries bring wine, as a prince was coming. I’m expecting some renowned heroes from the human...

  • A boat burial from Kaupang, Norway, early 10th century. Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson, © Neil Price

    The Viking way of death

    16 April 2014

    Among the most fascinating things in the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend are the numerous objects from burials and graves. The way that a people treat their dead can say a lot about their...

  • iron slave shackle, © National Museum of Ireland

    Vikings: hearts of darkness?

    9 April 2014

    The tidal current runs to and fro […] crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea. Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out...

  • gold finger ring with runic inscription

    The lives of others in runic inscriptions

    4 April 2014

    Call it perversity, but in my own research I’ve always had a taste for the unfashionable and the unglamorous areas of runic writing. I get more excited about a name scratched onto the back of a...

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