Gift from The Savings Bank Foundation DNB

Museum Stavanger has been allocated 3,450,000 NOK for exhibitions at the new Norwegian Printing Museum.

Museum Stavanger (MUST) applied to The Savings Bank Foundation DNB for funding for exhibition activities and interpretative programs specially designed for children and young people at the new Norwegian Printing Museum which is to be joined to the Norwegian Canning Museum in Old Stavanger. The exhibitions in the new museum are being planned and produced in partnership with Atelier Brückner in Stuttgart who have extensive experience from similar projects in museums around the world.

Managing Director of Museum Stavanger, Siri Aavitsland commented:

“This is day of rejoicing. With this wonderful gift from the Savings Bank Foundation DNB we have now reached our exhibition budget for the beautiful new museum where planning for the building work is already well under way. The gift provides us with the opportunity to develop attractive exhibitions and activities which will bring our rich industrial history to life for a wide segment of the public. These will include exhibition activities where children and young people can try old-fashioned traditional crafts.”

Commitment and Pride
Sissel Gregersen Karlsen, responsible for the gift, commented that the Savings Bank Foundation DNB was very happy to be able to contribute to the exhibitions in the new building for the Norwegian Printing Museum.

“We are particularly interested in communicating to children and young people and are very pleased that the activities will be based on traditional crafts, where children can both try the machines and see them in operation. The fact that volunteers in the Friends’ Association willingly come in to help shows that there is a commitment and a pride in the project which we value in our allocations.”

Preserving and communicating History
The purpose of the Norwegian Printing Museum is to preserve and communicate the history of the art of printing and the printing industry from both a national and international perspective, but centred on Stavanger. The museum was founded in 1991, and opened exhibitions for the public in 1993 in an old canning warehouse in Sandvigå in Stavanger. The building and its immediate surroundings were later redesignated for building of hotels, and in 2013 the museum was closed to the public and the collections put into storage while awaiting a new location. In 2015 the museum organised an architectural competition, where the architect firm Edel Biesel won the assignment.

Meeting in Old Stavanger
In their project “Meeting in Old Stavanger”, the architect firm Edel Biesel emphasised the creation of a new, exciting meeting place for both visitors and those who live in Old Stavanger, where the architects have desired to create a living and active museum in an authentic location. The Norwegian Printing Museum is the only museum in Norway with a comprehensive presentation of the development of the printing industry. The museum will present the different techniques of the art of printing and graphic media, while at the same time considering the significance of the technology and the media in the development of society. The new exhibitions will have both a national and international perspective, but will be anchored in local history, the traditional crafts, the local newspapers, the printing works, the publishers and their specialities, and the unions.