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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


Schools and teachers


For visits and the classroom


Hundreds of free resources bring past and present cultures to life. Find slideshows, gallery activities, art ideas and more...



Bring your class to the Museum


Browse through our sessions for 2014 for students of all ages from Nursery to A Level, and book early to ensure a place.



Courses and events


The Museum offers a range of courses and events for teachers exploring the permanent collection and the special exhibitions.


Visiting the Museum

School groups

Planning a visit with your class? Please book ahead with the Ticket Desk to ensure you get the most out of your trip.

More about school visits 

Exhibitions and events

Schools gain free entry to special exhibitions. Resources, sessions and teachers' previews accompany many special exhibitions.

Citi Money Gallery education programme

Sessions designed to help students engage with the collection and explore concepts related to money, including notions of spending and the role of money in societies around the world.

Further information about financial education 

Digital learning

Teaching history with 100 objects

Teaching history with 100 objects

Free online resources to support teachers working in the new history curriculum. Download information, images and videos for lessons at Key Stages 1-3.

Teaching history with 100 objects 

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Explore world cultures and history in the Museum's digital learning suite with free activities and workshops for schools using the latest Samsung digital equipment.

Web resources

Browse our award-winning websites for students in Year 5 and 6.

Accessing the collection

Home educators

The British Museum welcomes home educators, with specially designed workshops, resources and access to schools' sessions.

Special educational needs

There is a wide range of facilities for students with visual, hearing, learning and mobility impairments.