‘Our Norwegian Story’ explores Dumfries’ unique connections to Norway and the contemporary interest in Nordic culture in Scotland today. With the aim of sharing, learning and celebrating, we have been eating waffles, trying cod roe and kransekake (not together), exploring stories and ideas in this cross­generational project.  Beginning the forging of friendships and strengthening relationships locally and across the water to Norway.  Check out our antics during our research trip here.

The current phase of the project began in June 2016 and will run through to March 2017.  There are many opportunities for groups and individuals to get involved so if you are interested please contact katharine@thestove.org.

A bit of History – From whalers and Norwegian exiles arriving in our town during WWII (at one point 20% of our population was Norwegian, becoming the headquarters for the Norwegian Free Army and the birthplace of the Scottish Norwegian Society we know today) to the recent discovery of the Galloway Viking Hoard, Dumfries’ Nordic blood runs strong but remains a lesser­known part of its history.

‘Our Norwegian Story’ highlights the significance of this relationship to find creative ways to interpret and showcase this part of Dumfries’ story. Ideas of conversational seats, football in the streets, public art installations and journeying trails all helped to form the Heritage Lottery funded phase we have now begun which will see the creation of an interactive Norwegian Heritage Trail through the town centre and 6 main associated events.

All blogs connected with this project so far – # Our Norwegian Story

Events                                                                                                                  hlfhi_2747

Recipe Swap – Ongoing

Sharing food is a theme throughout the project. We launched this idea on June 17th when we spent an evening in the Stove exchanging recipes and tasting dishes people had brought to share.  We are continuing our collection of recipes for Norwegian and Scottish favourites so if you have one please add to our Recipe Swap page here.

See more on this event here

Market – 17th and 18th June 2016

A taste of Norway! Showcasing Norwegian traditional foods and specialities as part of Dumfries’ celebrations for Guid Nychburris Day. Pop-up Street Food within our Stove Cafe area running workshops and taster sessions on Norwegian cuisine.

See images here

Rematch – 12th and 13th August 2016

Football in the street! Come celebrate the historical matches of 1941 and long-standing friendship between local club Greystone Rovers and their Norwegian counterparts. Including ball games and techniques in the square with an exhibition in The Stove

See images from Rematch here

Mapping – 16th and 17th September 2016

Draw it big. Mapping our Norwegian story through the town square. Identifying places of significance and interest within the town and outlying areas, pinpointing places of relevance to you as well as the wider story.

See what we got up to here

SkillShare – 11th, 12th and 13th July 2016

Explore age-old techniques and craftsmanship. Activities and workshops include nordic knitting patterns alongside their Scottish counterparts, leatherwork and learning about boat-building techniques.

See images from SkillShare here

Story – 10th, 11th and 12th November 2016

What’s our Story? Storytelling, writing workshops and facilitated discussion as well as full inclusive music workshop with Paragon Music. Including an evening performance and showcase event for all the 12th. Come share your Norwegian tales or enjoy listening to others.

For more on this event see here

Kirsten Bertelsen is the resident artist to Our Norweigian Story Project between June 2016 and the end of November 2016 and can be contacted at kb@gesamtkunstwerk.dk

Read Kirsten’s online journal of her time in Dumfries here