SKREI Convention

SKREI Convention sets out to re-imagine the historic trade routes of stockfish fish from the North of Norway to the Baltic Sea as far as Germany, Italy and Portugal. The project is supported by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Creative Europe cooperation projects. Partners are CERS Italia, the Ílhavo Maritime Museum and Museum Nord as lead partner of this two year project, starting in June 2018.

A body of knowledge is created and shared through a new digital archive and through an engagement programme for local communities. It explores the cultural heritage of stockfish from the Iron Age to today. Additionally, an international artists’ residency programme investigates stockfish as a natural resource and a valuable food stuff for the future within its social, economic, political and historical context. The project culminates in a jointly curated exhibition, an international seminar and a publication.

SKREI Convention roots contemporary uses of stockfish in the rich traditions of different European regional cuisines that have emerged around this international trading good over centuries. We involve artists, digital experts, museum professionals and SMEs in the research, creation and curation of exhibits, of historical records, multimedia content, recipes and stories. This knowledge is of transnational value as it contributes to the understanding of a shared European story deeply ingrained in our culture.

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In May 2017, a winner was chosen in the arcitechure contest for SKREI Heritage Center. LPO Arkitekter will be designing the building. Read more in the norwegian press statement here.

For as long as people have lived in the Arctic, skrei and cod have been the most important food resource. More than something to put on the plate – this valuable fish has played an instrumental economic role for Norway as a whole.
The first city in northern Norway was founded in Kabelvåg, and historically, Kabelvåg/Storvågan has been one of the most important areas in Norway. This is where the first market oriented cod fisheries were established, and from here, international trade was conducted. The ripple effects of this trade brought economic growth to the entire nation.

SKREI is the name of several attractions that will be developed in Storvågan. Work has been ongoing since 2008. The goal is to place this historically significant area on the map, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Lofoten Fisheries, and the impact that the Skrei has has on Norwegian economy will be the leading topics of the attractions.

A more detailed description of the project is available in Norwegian.

For more information, please contact:

Project manager
Anna Insa Vermehren
Tel +44 7877 465598

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Contest winnerIllustration: LPO Arkitekter

Organising knowledge

Establishing new networks and dialogue between Museums in the North of Norway and Northwest Russia

Organising knowledge is an ambitious, three-year norwegianrussian collaborative project linking cultural organisations in St. Petersburg with Museum Nord. The project is coordinated by Museum Nord, and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Working with a range of high profile partners, each of whom bring a unique understanding of their local context, Organising knowledge represents a rare opportunity to substantially strengthen both cross-border dialogue and transnational thinking around organising knowledge in Museums responding to the global society we live in today.

Organising knowledge is uniquely placed to explore the way we think about knowledge, the organisation and dissemination of knowledge, and its implementation and manifestation within Museum programmes and exhibitions. Organising knowledge will contribute to establishing new networks and dialogue between Museums in the North of Norway and Northwest Russia.

How is knowledge organised and disseminated in Museums today? How do Museums implement strategies for constant gathering of new knowledge and continuous questioning our (common) understanding of which knowledge is relevant and where knowledge is taken from? How does this knowledge filter through to our work and exhibitions and to what extent does it represent a truth?

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Today, many museums are in the middle of a transformation; both in regards to changing funding structures as well as changing attitudes in the society as a whole towards knowledge, facts, truths and its source. Presenting truth might not be as relevant as presenting various options and sources of knowledge and understanding; and bringing different aspects of knowledge to the visitors of Museums to highlight the complexity of agency and representation. Rather than the Museum exhibition distributing knowledge that it has gathered from research and connected sources, can we think of the Museum exhibitions as a setting for the public to produce knowledge with the Museum? – And producing new ideas that can be distributed within the museum? Can research in itself be a movement or a network? Can the process of gathering knowledge be a part of an ongoing and evolving dialogue that Museums have with their audience? And might this increase the audience’s participation and engagement with the Museum?

These are questions we will focus on in the project Organising knowledge coordinated by Museum Nord in collaboration with Russian partners. We will look at our differences within the organisation of knowledge and our philosophy connected to dissemination of knowledge within our exhibitions and programmes. We will also explore possibilities for how we might grow and entice our audiences through interactive knowledge gathering as part of the Museum exhibitions and collections. As a natural product of this exchange – our understanding of how we can reach new audiences across our borders through inventive marketing will also be an integral part of our discussion.

Melbu Project

“In the entrepreneurial spirit of Christian Fredriksen”

The Melbu Farm in Vesterålen became a small town in a very short period of time. This was caused by a mini industrial revolution. At the end of the previous century Christian Fredriksen started what would become a long succession of industrial enterprise in Melbu, from textiles to soap, fish to steamships and more.

Melbu has become a small enjoyable community with stores, a school, services and different kinds of cultural attractions. Melbu’s industrial cultural heritage started in the not so distant past. We aim to spotlight Melbu’s proud and distinct characteristics and lay the foundation for business development in the area and to attract new residents.

The Melbu Project has been planned for implementation for quite a number of years. It is a collaborative initiative by many different operators: local clubs and associations, business and industry, the municipality and county municipality, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museum Nord.

The Melbu Project will form a springboard for further activities and business development with a starting point in cultural experiences. We hope to help Melbu become a little more lively, interesting and exciting. Welcome!

For additional information, please contact the administration office at Museum Nord.

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The goals of the Melbu Project:

With a point of departure in the basic history and stories of Melbu’s industrial history and cultural heritage, we aim to create inviting and exciting experiences together with companies, the travel and tourism sector and the local population. This will help lay the foundation for attracting. more businesses to the area and inspire people to move to an area that offers employment, and to create a ‘Wow’ feeling for visitors to the area.

The project is slated to last many years and has many defined goals, which are distributed within 3 sub-projects.

Sub-Project 1 – preserve our cultural and natural heritage
Preserve, maintain and continue to develop existing buildings, pursuant to antiquarian principles and visual documentation from the past and present.

The comprehensive cultural environment in and around Melbu shall be the driving force to further develop attractions that form the starting point for more visitors.

Protect and develop environments in places like:
– The English Garden
– The Culture Trail from Neptun to the Vesterål Museum
– Our marine cultural heritage / fishing industry museum
– Boat trips on the traditional Norwegian boat Nordlandsjekta Brødrene

Sub–Project 2 – product development
Product development and quality enhancement of operators within the network.
The Melbu Experience – excellent hosts who speak various international languages and dedicated infrastructures.

– living communication
– food services in authentic surroundings
– staging local history shows, catered to specific audiences
– innovative experiences based on Arena

Sub–Project 3 – establish a lasting business network
Establish a lasting network among operators in the region whose focus is to cooperate on providing The Melbu Experience.
– Everyone should be able to promote and sell the other businesses products
– Promote Melbu as a comprehensive travel destination
– Increase and adapt activities to pre/post high-season
– Establish a common info centre and ticket booking system
for the experiences

Local operators and participants of the project:
Museum Nord
– Vesterålen Museum
– Norwegian Fishing Industry Museum
– Competence/resources from other departments
– Administration
Jekta Brødrende – boat trips
Melbu posten
Nordland Akademi for kunst og vitenskap (academy of art and science)
The Melbu Community Centre
The Gamle Melbo Foundation
Voluntary clubs and associations around Melbu
Norway Seafood (Melbu Fishing industry)

R&D/Other operators:
The Municipality of Hadsel
– The culture, commerce and planning dept.
The County Municipality of Nordland
– Commerce dept.
– Archaeological and architectural monuments of Nordland
University of Nordland / Nordlandsforskning (research)
– Reiselivssatsing – “Opplevelser i Nord” (travel and tourism experiences in the north)
Innovation Norway
– Business development and new business support