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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


Highlights tour
Around the world in 90 minutes

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 14.00 & 11.30–13.00
Saturdays, Sundays, 10.30
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11.30 & 14.00–15.30
Great Court
Tickets £12

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Explore the British Museum's most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute tour.

Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon Sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the museum's collection.

Every day at 11.30 and 14.00 throughout summer until 30 August 2015.

Then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 September 2015.

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