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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

Supported by BP BP logo

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


Schools can book in alongside the general public for teacher-led visits throughout the run of the exhibition subject to ticket availability.

Students and teachers only Viking mornings (Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and Year 12-13)

Enjoy the Vikings exhibition with your students on one of the school exclusive mornings.
Resources are available to download from the website to help you plan your time in the exhibition and support your students as they collect information for follow-up work back at school.

Free, booking required
26, 28, 31 March
2, 24, 30 April
2, 19, 21 May
10, 17 June 2014


Viking voyages
Explore the seafaring life of a Viking. Sessions include exhbition visit.
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Special schools


Vikings ahoy!
Become a Viking for the day. Sessions include exhbition visit.
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Exhibition private view

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the exhibition. Come along to plan your visit, to enhance your subject knowledge or simply to explore the world of Viking seafarers.
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Teachers' guide

This includes pre and post visit ideas as well as teaching suggestions for inside the exhibition, which use key objects as starting points to introduce wider concepts.

Visit guide for teachers 

Image bank

High-quality images of exhibition objects, selected for their relevance and interest to students of all ages. Perfect for use on classroom whiteboards.

View exhibition images 

Brooch in the shape of a ship © National Museum of Denmark

Brooch in the shape of a ship © National Museum of Denmark

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