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Project Arctic Wood NetWork

Stundars museum is together with six other open-air museums taking part In Arctic Wood NetWork-project funded by Nordic Council of Ministers. The project Is focusing on the cultural heritage In wood and how knowledge and skills connected with wood can be visualized and developd.

The project will enhance the relationship between museums and local craftsmen, specially entrepreneurs In building conservation, boat building and woodworking crafts. The craftsmen will be trained In product development and marketing. The cultural heritage and the museum collections can Inspire and generate creative and economical growth in their respective areas. The project museums can Increase their educational role by activating their wood craft activities. At the same time the Intangible cultural heritage can be strengthened through documentation, management, research and dissemination of action-based knowledge.

The project will arrange network meetings and exchanges at the various museums during the years 2018-2019. Each meeting will focus on themes like building conservation, wood crafts or boat building through lectures, courses, workshops and study visits. Stundars will host a meeting In September 2019.

Major Challenges

- transferring skills & competences to younger generation

- developing networks to support entreprenurs In woodworking crafts

- develop entrepreneurial skills of craftsmen, Inclusive product development, marketing etc

- facilitate knowledge sharing between museums and wood craftsmen

End result of the project will be a tool-kit based on Interviews with local craftsmen and entrepreneurs. The tool-kit will be used by museums who want to more strategically enhance local crafts and intangible heritage.

Lead partner is Midt-Troms Museum, Bardufoss, Norway. Project partners are Murberget, County museum Västernorrland (Härnösand, Sweden), Luostarinmäki Crafts museum (Turku, Finland) Open air museum Hjerl Hede (Vinderup, Denmark), Kizhi State Museum of History (Petrozavodsk, Russia) and Malye Korely Open-Air Museum (Arkhangelsk, Russia) and Stundars open air museum (Mustasaari, Finland).