SKREI Convention

SKREI Convention was a European Cooperation Project, which ran from June 2018 with an extension till November 2020. It re-imagined the historic trade routes of dried and salted codfish from the North of Norway to the Baltic Sea as far as Germany, the UK, Italy and Portugal.

The project was supported by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Creative Europe cooperation projects. Partners were CERS Italia, the Ílhavo Maritime Museum, European Hansemuseum and Museum Nord as lead partner.

You can read more about the project and see all its resources at SKREI.NET. Here you will find an online exhibition, an archive with lots of resources and a research room. You can be part of this project in its future variations by signing up to the Friends of SKREI.

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Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in a Northern Environment (CINE) is a collaborative digital heritage project between 9 partners and 10 associated partners from Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

CINE aims to transform people’s experiences of outdoor heritage sites through technology, building on the idea of “museums without walls”. New digital interfaces such as augmented reality, virtual world technology, and easy to use apps will bring the past alive, it will allow us to visualise the effects of the changing environment on heritage sites, and help us to imagine possible futures.

For example, if you visit the SKREI Centre at Kabelvåg in Norway one day soon, you will see the medieval Vágar city, the first city in Northern Norway, appear before your eyes.

Behind the scenes CINE will develop content management toolkits – enabling curators, archivists, historians, individuals and communities to make innovative heritage projects to create unique on-site and off-site customer experiences in specific locations.

More broadly CINE will explore the social, economic and political role of heritage within our remote communities and develop best practice to shape relevant environmental policies.

The project is funded by the Northern and Arctic Periphery Programme (ERDF).

CINE has its own website. For more information visit

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CINE project area


As long as people have lived in the Arctic, cod has been one of the most important food sources. Arctic Cod and the seasonal Lofoten fisheries have played an instrumental economic role for Norway since the Middle Ages when the stockfish trade began. And cod is so much more – it is a food culture, a life-style and a communication link to the world.

The first city in northern Norway was established here in Kabelvåg, Storvågan, around 1000AD as a fishing and trading place for ships sailing up and down the coast to Trondheim and Bergen. An excavation led by Prof Reidar Berthelsen in the 1980s and 1990s demonstrated that Vágar was a nationally and internationally significant place. Objects that were found here were coming from faraway places such as the UK, Morocco and Syria.

To highlight the significance of the place – the cradle of the commercial stockfish trade – and to pay tribute to one of the world’s largest seasonal fisheries, Museum Nord is planning to build a new national museum. The new SKREI Center will house three major exhibitions about ‘the fish’, ‘the folk’ and ‘the future’ as well as a research centre and our collection. Today Museum Nord has its Lototen Museum, the Gallery Espolin and the Lofoten Aquarium at Storvågan. These units will become part of the new SKREI experience.

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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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