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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

This exhibition is now closed

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Win a trip to Italy

To celebrate the Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, you have a chance to win a holiday to Italy to see Pompeii for yourself on this eight day escorted tour of Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples!

The Sorrento peninsula and the Bay of Naples has been attracting visitors for centuries in search of its outstanding scenery, tranquillity and some of the most wondrous sights from throughout history. The Greeks, Phoenicians and Saracens have all left their mark, but none more so than the Romans. Sorrento came to real fame, during the late 18th century when many of Europe’s aristocracy came to spend their winters here, attracted by its mild climate and outstanding natural beauty. Sorrento is everything you expect an Italian town to be: tiny cobbled streets and quaint squares with flowers decorating almost every building.

See the legendary Amalfi Coast, with every guidebook proclaiming it the most beautiful in Europe. Next it’s Capri, which possesses a deserved reputation as a veritable Garden of Eden. Wherever you travel in the Bay of Naples, the skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius. There is so much to discover in this part of Italy. This fantastic prize includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation at the three-star Villa Maria hotel in Sorrento with breakfast and dinner
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Two open dated tickets to the exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum
  • Walking tour of Sorrento, one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal towns
  • Cruise to the stunning island of Capri, home of the Roman Emperors
  • Visit to the magnificent volcano of Vesuvius
  • Visit to Naples and its Archaeological Museum
  • Guided tour of Pompeii, a city frozen in time
  • Tour of the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world

The competition closes at midnight on 18 July 2013. The prize of Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples holiday has been donated by Mail Travel.
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