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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


The BP exhibition

life and legend

6 March – 22 June 2014

This exhibition is now closed

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Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.

Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Read press release 

Vikings Worldwide

Viking Adventures

International screenings of Vikings Live

This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend. It was filmed live in London on 24 April 2014 and is showing internationally from June 2014.

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Related gallery

Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300-1100

Featuring iconic objects from cultures including the Vikings, Romans and Byzantines, the gallery’s centrepiece is the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo – one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology.

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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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