Anna Karoline, the last surviving jekt (freight vessel) of the Nordland type
Last month Wikimedia Norge visited Bodø and the museum Nordlandsmuseet. The museum is a central part of a larger consortium of 9 museum units in nine municipalities in Nordland County. The museums collection includes one exhibit about the old traditional North-Norwegian fisheries and the international stockfish trade with the Hanseatic League and material covering the local Sami people (Lapps). They also have an exhibition that shows a silver treasure from the Viking age. This treasure was found in Bodø in 1919 and is one of the biggest that has been found in Northern Norway. Nordlandsmuseet is working on a mass upload of images from their collection of local photographers documenting maritime culture and fisher-farmer communities in the Salten province to Wikimedia Commons.
Together with the Nordlandsmuseet and the University of Nordland Wikimedia Norge held a seminar for institutions in the Bodø-region about how the Wikimedia-projetcs can be a platform to publish and share collections. The Arts Counsil Norway also took part. After the seminar there was an edit-a-thon at the museum with 15 participants. Several Wikipedians have written and improved excellent articles about some of the objects from Nordlandsmuseets collection, like on article about the Sami drum and an article about Anna Karoline, a freight vessel.