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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


Ice Age art
arrival of
the modern

Now until 2 June 2013
Advance tickets sold out

Limited walk-up tickets available on the day

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Visiting the exhibition

The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to explore Ice Age art and the techniques of mark making and modelling.

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

Resources for KS2

Exhibition guide for teachers 
Slideshow of highlight objects 

EYFS and Key Stage 1

Ice Age art encounters

14 February, 4, 7, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25 & 28 March,
A specially developed visit experience for EYFS and Key Stage 1. Your students will go on a facilitated visit to the exhibition where they will encounter stunning examples of early human art and discover the different techniques used to produce it. After a lunch break, your students will take part in an art workshop where they use mark marking and modelling skills to create their own piece of Ice Age art which they can take back to school.
Free, booking required, maximum group 30
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Key Stages 3 and 4 and AS/A-Level

Meaning in marks from the Ice Age to today

These Art & Design sessions will complement a visit to the exhibition. Skilled artist-educators will explore with students how these earliest forms of human creativity are reflected across the Museum’s permanent collection. These are 90-minute sessions by arrangement on dates in February and March.
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General information for school visits 

Image: Bison sculpted from mammoth ivory. Found at Zaraysk, Russia, about 20,000 years old. Zaraysk Museum of Art and History. Dr Sergey Lev.