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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


24 May – 30 September 2012

The exhibition is now closed

Royal Patron:
HM Queen Elizabeth II

A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Supported by

Saudi Equestrian Fund logo
Layan Cultural Foundation logo
Juddmonte Farm logo

Recommend this exhibition


The exhibition provides excellent opportunities for schools to address topics in art and in history. 

Visiting the exhibition

Visits to the exhibition are free for school groups and accompanying teachers and adults, but must be booked in advance.


Free downloadable resources to support visits to the exhibition and planning lessons now available.

Primary resources 
Secondary resources 

Taught sessions

EYFS and Key Stage 1:
Moving Horse workshop 

Free, booking required
Maximum group size: 30 students
10.30–14.00 on these dates:
1, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 June
2, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20 July

Key Stages 3 and 4 and AS/A-level:
Capturing movement 

Free, booking required
Group size: 10–20 students
90 minute sessions by arrangement for dates in June and July

Carved relief (detail)

Image: Fragment of a carved relief featuring three horses drawing a chariot. From the north-west palace, Nimrud, Assyria (modern-day Iraq). Neo-Assyrian, 9th century BC.