‘Our Norwegian Story’ has been a year long project running from March 2016 – April 2017 to explore Dumfries’ unique connections to Norway and will continue to celebrate and share in our contemporary interest in Nordic culture in Scotland today through future developments of the project. So stay tuned! With the aim of sharing, learning and celebrating, we have been eating waffles, trying cod roe and kransekake (not together), exploring stories and ideas across the generations and indeed the water. Beginning the forging of friendships and strengthening relationships locally, in Norway, and looking to other Nordic collaborators. Check out our antics during our research trip here.
A bit of History – From whalers and Norwegian exiles arriving in Dumfries during WWII at one point 20% of our population was Norwegian, becoming a headquarters for the Norwegian Free Army and the birthplace of the Scottish Norwegian Society and Norwegian Scottish Association we know today. The recent discovery of the Galloway Viking Hoard highlighted that Dumfries’ Nordic blood runs strong but remains a lesser known part of its history. Our stories, traditions and values have a strong echo of those of our Nordic neighbours.
‘Our Norwegian Story’ captured a chapter of this connection in Dumfries’ story, finding creative ways to interpret and showcase. Ideas of conversational seats, football in the streets, public art installations and journeying trails all helped to form the Heritage Lottery funded phase now completed with the Launch of our Trail and WebArchive in April 2017. We have created something not only to share and learn from but hopefully to add to and grow on.
To search all blogs connected with this project so far – # Our Norwegian Story