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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


Ancient lives
new discoveries

Extended until 12 July 2015

This exhibition is now closed

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Opening hours

Open daily 10.00–17.30
(last entry slot 16.00)

Open late* on Fridays until 20.30
(last entry slot 19.00)

Getting here

Room 5, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Please ask exhibition staff for exhibition information in large print. For more access information, please contact the Museum's Access and Equality Manager on +44 (0)20 7323 8506.

General access to the Museum 


Find out further information about the facilities at the British Museum including cloakrooms and luggage restrictions.


Group visits

Special group rates are available for weekday visits. To book group tickets call: +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or email tickets@britishmuseum.org

Gallery Café offers

After your visit to the exhibition, head over to the Gallery Café (through room 12) where you can enjoy a mezze platter and large glass of house wine for £10, or a cream tea for £5. Kids eat free in the Gallery Café*

*One free child’s meal when you buy an adult main meal. Valid for children under 12 only.

Eating facilities 

Before you enter

  • Only small bags will be allowed into the exhibition (max size 35x33x13cm)
  • Coats, umbrellas, etc. should be left in the cloakrooms (max size 40x40x50cm and max weight 8kg)
  • The cloakroom is to the left of the Main entrance (£1.50 per item)
  • The Museum reserves the right to search any bags or personal items being taken into the exhibition.

While you are in the exhibition

  • Do not use photographic or video recording equipment
  • Do not carry or consume any food or drink
  • Set your mobile phone to silent

*The Museum reserves the right to amend exhibition opening hours.

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