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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


The BP exhibition

life and legend

6 March – 22 June 2014

This exhibition is now closed

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Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.



Teachers' guide

This includes pre and post visit ideas as well as teaching suggestions for inside the exhibition, which use key objects as starting points to introduce wider concepts.

Visit guide for teachers 

Image bank

High-quality images of exhibition objects, selected for their relevance and interest to students of all ages. Perfect for use on classroom whiteboards.

View exhibition images 

Brooch in the shape of a ship © National Museum of Denmark

Brooch in the shape of a ship © National Museum of Denmark

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