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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


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Two million years of African history and art through the British Museum collection.


Discover the history fo the peoples of the Americas through objects and traditional ways of life.


A range of tours encompassing the art and history of Asia from ancient times to the present day.


Explore objects from the British Isles, inlcuding our top ten treasures.


Unearth highlights of the Museum's collection, from monumental sculpture to objects that illustrate everyday life, culture and faith in ancient Egypt.


From the Vikings to the Renaissance masters and more.


Warfare in ancient Greece, as shown in the sculptures, objects and art in the Museum collection.


Explore the different aspects of Japanese history, art and culture from ancient swords to contemporary souvenirs.

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Take in the rich cultural traditions of the peoples of the Pacific region through the clothing, objects and art of both ritual and everyday life.


Learn about the cultural, sporting and political heritage of the Roman Empire through the sculptures and objects in the Museum's collection.