The SKREI Convention project sets out to re-imagine the historic trade routes of dried cod fish from the North of Norway to the Baltic Sea as far as Germany, Italy and Portugal. A body of knowledge will be created and curated by partnering museums through a research and engagement programme for local communities which will explore the cultural heritage of dried cod from the Viking age to today.
The project aims to root contemporary uses of the product in the rich traditions of different European regional cuisines that have emerged around this international trading good throughout the centuries. An international artists' residency programme will enable the development of new recipes on a transnational stage. It will investigate this valuable food source as a food stuff for the future within its social, economic, political and historical context.
The project will involve artists, digital experts, museum professionals and SMEs in the research, creation and curation of exhibits and recipes which are of high international value as they contribute to the understanding of a shared transnational story deeply ingrained in European culture. Project outputs will be made available online, in print and in exhibitions in the partner organisations during and far beyond the project.
Museum Nord is a non-profit, government-supported organisation within the national museum network, operating 21 different museum units in northern Nordland, Norway. Museum Nord contributes to the collection and documentation of historic sites and objects, carrying out research, and disseminating and promoting the cultural and natural history of Ofoten, Vesterålen and Lofoten. In this context, the museum works towards the preservation of archaeological and architectural buildings and monuments, physical environments of cultural significance, and the region’s intangible cultural heritage.