At the end of April, second-semester MA students from the Maritime Archaeology Programme had a chance to visit the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and the Strandingsmuseum St. George in Thorsminde.
In Roskilde, we discussed the reconstruction of the Oseberg ship (from the 9th century, found in Oseberg, Norway) with boat reconstructor and boat builder, Vibeke Bischoff. Then we were given a tour of the reconstructed Viking ships in the museum’s collection by head of maritime handwork and reconstruction, Søren Nielsen. We visited the old and new exhibits in the museum hall, and the recently-opened interactive exhibit: Dive down with the museum’s maritime archaeologists – a fantastic new way to present maritime archaeology to the general public.
In Thorsminde, we got a behind-the-scenes look at the final touches of the newly-renovated museum, currently closed but set to open on May 20, 2017. The in-depth tour of all the hard work was given by Ingeborg Svennevig, director of the Historical-Cultural Museums in Holstebro Commune (of which Thorsminde is a part), and Tine Verner Karlsen, the new maritime archaeologist of the museum and a recent graduate of the Maritime Archaeology Programme in Esbjerg. We got to see the rudder of the British ship-of-the-line St. George, in its new display tower, and look forward to the opening of the new museum – a really innovative way of showing such a well-preserved shipwreck.
Many thanks to Vibeke Bischoff, Søren Nielsen, Ingeborg Svennevig and Tine Verner Karlsen for facilitating these trips for us.