When the Viking ship reconstruction, the Sea Stallion from Glendalough, sets course for Roskilde on 29 June, the 62 members of the crew on board will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped win a distinguished prize of DKK 100,000 for the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
Yesterday evening, the Bikuben Foundation gave DKK 650,000 to three museums: the “Danish Museum prize” of DKK 500,000 went to the Thorvaldsens Museum, a museum gift of DKK 50,000 went to Jette Christiansen, museum director at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and the special prize created for the occasion went to the Viking Ship Museum.
The special prize was explained by jury member, Frank Birkebæk, museum director for Roskilde Museum:
“Over the years, the Viking Ship Museum has managed to create and develop experimental ship archeology as a special research and educational field. With the Sea Stallion from Glendalough’s voyage to Ireland, the museum has demonstrated the potential of research-based educational work in a spectacular way. The museum has obtained noteworthy results and achieved international recognition. It stands out today as an exceptionally active, innovative, high-quality and creative cultural institution”, said Frank Birkebæk.
Museum director, Tinna Damgård-Sørensen, expressed her thanks for the prize and her pleasure at the recognition from colleagues it represents, which is also a tribute to the large numbers of volunteers who have done much of the work.