‘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 email@example.com.
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