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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

 

At cinemas worldwide from June 2014

#VikingsWorldwide
As recorded live


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

Vikings Worldwide

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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 throughout 2014.

Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by the celebrated broadcasting historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes, the exhibition will be brought to life by curator Gareth Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy. With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a torch-lit burial staged in the grounds of the museum, Vikings from the British Museum will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped modern lives across four continents of the world.

 

Praise for Vikings Live on Twitter

"VikingsLive was bloody brilliant! Thanks British Museum. Me and my mum loved it. We used to love reading about them when I was a kid."
-Emma Jayne (@Emma_Jayne) April 24, 2014

"Well done that was a great insight into the Viking in all of us - enjoyed by packed cinema."
-Penny Nagle (@pennynagle) April 24, 2014

"Excellent!! I loved every minute. Thank you from those of us who can't get to the exhibition, to see it."
-Danielle Marston (@daniellemarston) April 24, 2014

Viking yourself

Give yourself a real Viking name and add some Viking bling to your photo!
Tweet us your picture @britishmuseum with #VikingsLive and you could feature here.


Old Norse origins

Hundreds of place names in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland have their origins in Old Norse. Use our interactive map to see whether the name of your village, town or city is one of them.

Lincolnshire crossroads

Ship building

See how a typical Viking warship was constructed, from the keel to the mast and sail.

Ship illustration

The Viking World

The Vikings travelled to four continents, see some of the routes they took.

Viking world map

Meet the presenters

Including Michael Wood, Bettany Hughes, Gareth Williams and Neil MacGregor.



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Image credit: Crossroads signpost photo © John Baker