Motives for moving - cultural exchange within the Baltic
Throughout the ages people have kept on moving for diverse reasons; trade, war, tourism, work, education, family etc. carrying with them different ideas and ways of life. Art, architecture, food, language, shipping, literature, religion – all these and many more have been influenced, inspired and reformulated by these contacts.
As museum experts within the Baltic Sea Region we have many issues to share in this realm, whether from historical point of view as well as from the present. The network is working on a project that should be part of the program of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, focused on dissemination and sharing knowledge about our common Baltic culture and history. This is to be done by seminars, educational programs, exchange of staff, joint exhibitions, websites and workshops.
Contact: Ulrika Mebus, Gotlands Museum
The exhibition will show the routes for trade and communication in the Baltic – built by the Vikings in the 8th-11th century AD. We will follow the Viking trails from the Baltic through the Finnish Gulf, Lake Ladoga and further down the Russian river systems. During these voyages, trading and alliances were formed during the meeting of different people. Themes like governance but also daily life reflects the result of these encounters. But what were the premises for this active communication and expansion around the Baltic. The explanation for such an expansion should be sought in the contemporary society and with the supreme skills of shipbuilding and navigation. How did they navigate in these new territories and how did the cultural meeting take place. The exhibition will tell this story, highlighted by significant archaeological finds.
Contact: Charlotta Lindblom, Vejle Museum
Follow the Vikings
The objective of the Follow the Vikings project is to make the transnational Viking heritage accessible and understandable to a world-wide audience. This will contribute to maintaining and developing Europe as the No. 1 Global Heritage Tourism Destination. It will boost local economies and local employment and, through the networking activities, will help knowledge transfer and quality improvement at heritage sites throughout Europe.
Contact: Björn Buttler Jakobsen, Fotevikens Museum
The project "From apprenticeship to mastery" would assemble the existing knowledge and methodologies of practical conservation/restoration of museums and other organizations dealing with restoration/renovation/conservation as well as specialised educational institutions in different countries. The aim of the project is to raise competence in the sphere of restoration and conservation as well as to continue practicing historic techniques which could be integrated into the results of studies on new technologies.
Contact: Elo Lutsepp, Estonian Open Air Museum