This study seeks to examine the use of history in the exhibition ”Meet the Vikings” on the Danish National Museum. The analysis shows that the museum leaves out violent and negative aspects of the Danish past only to present the vikings and the viking age in an overly positive perspective. By painting a romanticised picture of the Danish and Scandinavian history the museum contributes to the creation and confirmation of a certain national identity. It is done by attributing modern day values on to the vikings who are here seen as both ancestral to the Danish people and state. Furthermore the analysis shows that the attempt to reinvent the museums role in society combined with political pressure and financial trouble has motivated this particular style of curation. The study concludes that the museum in this case fails to fulfill its purpose as an institution and authority on responsible handling of history and culture.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Vejledere||Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen|