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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


For schools and teachers

This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and teachers to follow the ancient Egyptians’ journey from death to the afterlife.


Limited places left

The exhibition is booking out fast, but limited slots are still available for school groups. Book your free visit now to avoid disappointment. For availability, please contact the Ticket Desk.

Email: tickets@britishmuseum.org
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8181

Download resources for visits

Introductory presentation
An introductory guide to the exhibition. (PowerPoint, 4MB) 

Teachers' resources
Includes pre- and post-visit activities for Key Stage 2. (PDF, 1.8MB)

Students' worksheets
Actiivities for Key Stage 2 students to complete during 
an exhibition visit. (PDF, 760 KB) 

Visiting the exhibition

Slots are still available for visiting the exhibition with your class.
You will share the exhibition with the general public.

Email: tickets@britishmuseum.org
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8181

School sessions

Exclusive exhibition school visits are now fully booked.
These take place between 10.00 and 12.30 on
11, 25 November, 2, 9, 16 December 2010
20, 27 January 2011

Nodjmet’s journey through the afterlife – fully booked

An interactive performance about the spells and rituals in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Exhibition visit included.

10.30–12.30 on:
18, 29 November 2010 and 3, 7, 10, 14, 17 February, 3 March 2011
These sessions are fully booked.

The Book of the Dead in print

Explore the Book of the Dead as a written manuscript using rare books from the Paul Hamlyn Library. Exhibition visit follows.

10.30–11.30 on:
5, 12, 19, 26 November, 3 December 2010
and 7, 14, 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18 February 2011
These sessions are fully booked.

Anhai’s wooden Osiris statue

Free teachers' private view

Tuesday 11 January 2011, 18.00–20.00

Enjoy an exclusive visit and meet the schools team and curators. Find out about the school resources and sessions available to support both a visit to the exhibition and classroom work.

This event is fully booked.

Image top: Anhai’s wooden Osiris statue

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