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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


Higher education courses

The British Museum works in partnership with universities to offer credited
and non-accredited higher education courses


MA in 18th-Century Studies

With King's College London

Numismatics summer school

Within the Department of Coins and Medals