Our Norwegian Story
What lesser known stories of place does Dumfries have and how can they be shared?
Our Norwegian Story grew out of a collection of workshops, public and with key local organisations, to discover a significant piece of Dumfries’ story to celebrate and make more widely visible. It then became a year long project to research, showcase and celebrate Dumfries’ connections to Norway, and their significance to who we are now.
I developed Our Norwegian Story for The Stove with place-making collective Lateral North to make Dumfries' Norwegian connections more visible and celebrate this part of Dumfries’ story. We played football, shared new and traditional foods, collected first hand stories, stitched beautiful markers into map squares of our town to explore a new town trail and enjoyed all things viking (since if we are looking to our Nordic history we might as well go al the way back while we’re at it).
During WWII Dumfries was home to many Norwegian exiles - making up at one point nearly 20% of the towns population - and becoming the headquarters for Norwegians in exile and the birthplace of the Scottish Norwegian Society and Norwegian Scottish Associations today.
6 Main participatory event though 2016 and 2017 with fringe and ongoing activity since
A new Town Trail design
A website - www.ournorwegianstory.com
The Stove Network(arts organisation), Lateral North (place-making collective), Deirdre Nelson (artist), Paragon Music (music educator), Simon Lidwell (artist and viking re-enactment), Greystone Rovers (football club)
Heritage Lottery Fund, The Stove and Dumfries and Galloway Council