Gift from Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank

The charitable foundation Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank has resolved to give 4,4 million NOK to the new Norwegian Printing Museum.

This substantial gift shows that the foundation sees the value of co-locating the Norwegian Canning Museum and the new Norwegian Printing Museum, and that these institutions can together offer a unique platform for the public’s experience of and involvement with Stavanger’s industrial history.

‘Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank gives money to good projects in the region. The foundation is pleased to be able to contribute 4,4 million NOK towards the realisation of the new Norwegian Printing Museum. By building this museum next to the Norwegian Canning Museum, we will gain insight into two very important industries in the city’s history’, says Tor Dahle, general manager of Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank.

The gift represents a very important step towards the museum’s realisation. If Museum Stavanger’s application for supplementary funding is granted, this means the private funding arrangements for the new museum are in place.

‘To build the new Norwegian Printing Museum is a very important milestone in the large “museum boost” that MUST wants to give the region in the coming years. The printing industry represents an important chapter in Stavanger’s history, and it’s wonderful to experience this kind of support from Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank. Now we cross our fingers and hope the national government includes the project in its budget plants this October’, says MUST board-chairperson Sissel Knutsen Hegdal.

MUST’s CEO Siri Aavitsland is also deeply grateful for the substantial gift from Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank.

‘The museums and the increasing significance of cultural tourism play an important role in a region undergoing transition. It is therefore particularly encouraging that Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank, through its generous gift to the new Norwegian Printing Museum, supports the project of sharing the region’s unique industrial history. I’m certain that a modern and unique industrial museum co-located with the Norwegian Canning Museum in Old Stavanger will delight and excite the local population and tourists alike’, she says.

Bitten Bakke, project manager for MUST museum-building and renovation, Tor Dahle from Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank, and MUST CEO Siri Aavitsland look forward to the completion of the new Norwegian Printing Museum, in the backyard of the Norwegian Canning Museum.