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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

 

28 March – 29 September 2013

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AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

 

From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Read press release 


The eruption story

Worldwide Pompeii Live

The day Mount Vesuvius erupted

Explore the 24 hour timeline using an eyewitness account of the event alongside archaeological evidence to piece together the stages of the eruption and the devastating effects it had on the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Worldwide screenings

Worldwide screenings

Screening in cinemas worldwide

Experience the fascinating story of Pompeii and Herculaneum with this cinema event from the British Museum.

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24 hour eruption timeline 

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Visiting

The British Museum at night

Open daily 10.00–17.00,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 minutes before closing

Getting here

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Events

Bringing the Romans to life in the heart of London

Lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Schools

Exhibition visits and resources

Free downloadable resources for exhibition visits or the classroom

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App

App

Download the official exhibition app

Explore the story of Vesuvius's eruption in the interactive timeline to see the differing fates of the two cities.

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Catalogue

Catalogue

By exhibition curator
Paul Roberts

This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Includes new photography and over 200 objects.

Products

Exhibition product range

Browse a selection of products inspired by the exhibition.

Exhibition catalogue, £25 
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Highlights

Relief with Bacchus and followers, marble wall panel, © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum

A selection of objects from the exhibition

Includes a carbonised wooden cradle and a mosaic of a guard dog.

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Visit the region

Costa del Vesuvio is a consortium of tourist operators that serves the historical region of Mount Vesuvius, offering accommodation, events, culture, and food and drink.

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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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