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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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Visiting the exhibition

Due to very high demand all available places for schools to visit the Pompeii exhibition have now been booked.

Schools are still able to visit the Museum's Roman galleries by contacting the Ticket Desk in advance on +44 (0)20 7323 8181.

Exhibition resources

Downloadable resources for teachers

Primary programme

Programme for KS2

Living in the shadow of Vesuvius

These sessions are now finished. Students who visited as part of the taught programme were invited to write letters to Pliny the younger on what they discovered in the exhibition.
See a selection of letters to Pliny 

General information for school visits