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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

 

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Visit your local cinema for an exclusive private view of the exhibition
Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.


Coming to a cinema near you

Don’t miss the world première of Pompeii Live – the first live cinema event produced by the British Museum from a major exhibition.

See the wonders of the exhibition from the comfort of the cinema, introduced live by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and featuring Mary Beard, Rachel de Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Exhibition Curator Paul Roberts who bring extraordinary objects to life in this unique event.

Plus, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.

Neil MacGregor and featuring Mary Beard, Rachel de Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Exhibition Curator Paul Roberts who bring extraordinary objects to life in this unique event.

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Schools

Screening for schools

Wednesday 19 June, 11.00

Schools all over the UK will have the opportunity to visit their local cinema. This fun, interactive show will enhance cross-curriculum learning with a specially designed broadcast for schools. Live on your local big screen on the morning of Wednesday 19 June.


Exhibition

Pompeii exhibition

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013

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.
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Events

Pompeii events

Bringing the Romans to life in the heart of London

Come to the British Museum for a range of lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Don't miss the Pompeii Late, A night out in the Bay of Naples, on Friday 10 May.

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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 buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Includes new photography and over 200 objects.

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App

Download the official exhibition app

Immerse yourself in the life of the two Roman cities through exclusive video footage and curator interviews. Explore the story of Vesuvius's eruption in the interactive timeline to see the differing fates of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

More information soon.