The Heritage of the Western Sea (completed)

The project focuses on a common perspective on the cultural heritage of the Kattegat-Skagerrak region from the 1700s.

About the project

The three countries around the Kattegat-Skagerrak (Västerhavet) has a social and cultural interaction and a common heritage that deserves attention and dissemination. Important aspects of the regional identity presented and distributed in this area today have deep roots in the 18th century. Therefore, the project puts focus on how the 1700s in the Kattegat-Skagerrak region contributed to the interaction, exchange and change.

While the 17th century may seem distant from our own time, was in the 1700s the seeds of phenomena that still exist. Maritime communication and long periods of peace made the 1700's boundless in this area. New cultural forms and habits such as theater, increased consumption among the wealthy, increased opportunities to travel and move, and cultural networks are examples of this boundlessness. Architectural forms, mansions and estates, cultural forms and measures, trade and industrial development, science, religion and mentalities are among the cultural expressions that connected people from the area.

Unlike a traditional national perspective, the project point of departure is to regard the Kattegat / Skagerrak as a center of its own, as a Scandinavian, Protestant inland sea. What from a national point of view may be perceived as regional differences are rather common regional elements with long historical lines as seen from a Kattegat / Skagerrak perspective.


The project will

  • Explore the 18th century history of the region
  • Develop a textbook and a web based university course on the region's 18th century history
  • Curate a traveling exhibition focusing on the Kattegat-Skagerrak region in the 1700s


This is an Interreg project which is financed through the EU's regional policy funds. Gothenburg City Museum, Larvik Museum and Old Estrup Manor Museum and Danish Centre for Manor Research collaborates with the universities in Gothenburg, Oslo and Aarhus to develop new understanding, new cultural dissemination and new forms of cooperation around the Kattegat-Skagerrak.


Published May 3, 2010 9:36 AM - Last modified Apr. 4, 2013 1:18 PM