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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

Vikings
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.

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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 


Ticket information

Adults £16.50*, Members free

Special group packages 

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* Booking fees apply online and telephone

About

About the exhibition

Connecting four continents

The Viking Age (800–1050) was a period of major change across Europe. The Vikings expanded from their Scandinavian homelands to create an international network connecting cultures over four continents, where artistic, religious and political ideas met.

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Visiting

Visiting information

Open daily 10.00–17.30,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 minutes before closing

Friday lates    Access 

Getting here

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Vikings Live encores

Vikings Live encore screenings

Another chance to watch Vikings Live with encore screenings in cinemas.

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Children's cinema event

Viking Adventures

Viking Adventures from the British Museum

A one-hour schools and families broadcast aimed at Key Stage 2 children aged 7–11.

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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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