Through its Museums Programme, VELUX FONDEN aims to promote collaboration between museums and universities. Read on for insights into how three of this programme's projects have opened the door to the wide world of the humanities.
With grants from VELUX FONDEN, three exhibitions have explored how water transport in the Viking Age, modern industrialisation and institutionalised care have shaped our everyday lives.
The exhibitions were created by researchers and mediators from universities and museums. The two allied their skills in reframing cultural and historical outreach narratives.
Commenting on the programme's ambitions, Henrik Tronier, head of programme had this to say: "The purpose of the Museums Programme is to create a space where research and out-reach capacities can meet to jointly diffuse humanities research to a wider audience. In supporting this inter-institutional collaboration, we are seeking to forge closer links between research and outreach so that instead of remaining isolated, they synergise their efforts."
Platform for research and outreach
With a desire to promote Danish museums' mediation of humanities research as well as the research itself, in 2015 VELUX FONDEN created a special museums programme. Through close dialogue and based on the museums' own inputs, since the programme was launched it has funded 19 research projects and grants totalling DKK 88 million. The focus of the projects is highly diversified, ranging from exhibitions on the robotics industry to the earliest urbanisation of Denmark. Common to all of them is the collaboration between university and museum researchers as well as museum mediators.
Collaboration sheds light on welfare and democracy
On the programme's many innovative projects, Henrik Tronier had this to say: "We are very pleased to have been involved in facilitating all the fascinating exhibitions to have come out of the programme so far. It is inspiring to see how the participants behind the projects have brought great creativity to conveying complex subject matter in new contexts.
It is also interesting to discover how the link between academia and museums can result in entirely new modes of inter-institutional partnering." In addition to boosting the interaction between research and outreach, according to executive director at VELUX FONDEN, Ane Hendriksen, the Museums Programme also draws attention to the stories behind a modern democratic society: "Through the granted projects, young and adult visitors alike have gained insights into the many fascinating and dramatic stories underlying contemporary society. In this way, the programme is also an extension of VELUX FONDEN's overall aim of '... strengthening the Danish democratic society on an informed, inclusive and sustainable basis.'"