Description: The final case study that will be conducted in the small town Killybegs in Donegal, Ireland explores models of community co-production. Donegal County Museum and University of Ulster will be exploring what value communities place on their heritage and how this can be brought to a wider public though new means of interpreting the past.
Description: Skriuklaustur was the last cloister to be founded during Iceland's Catholic period, which ended with the country's 16th-century Reformation. It was thus active for less than six decades and could scarcely be said to have flourished for more than about four decades. The deed of gift is still preserved whereby the couple Sesselja orsteinsdttir and the local sheriff Hallsteinn orsteinsson, who lived on the other side of this valley at Vivellir ytri, donated Skria farm as the site for a cloister. Although this deed was signed on 8 June 1500, it is believed that the cloister was founded sooner, probably in 1493 when Stefn Jnsson, bishop at Sklholt, came on his first visit to the valley. The upkeep of Icelandic medieval cloisters was mainly financed by managing farms and by receiving gifts for people's souls, accepted in the form of food or clothing. During its short history, Skriuklaustur was associated with 60 farms. Most of the farms were in East Iceland, and many included tenant farms. Farm estates were Skriuklaustur's leading assets and source of wealth. Rents were usually paid in goods, for instance as homespun woollen cloth, butter or other foods, livestock, dried fish, meal, driftwood, charcoal or even kindling wood.
Description: The upkeep of Icelandic medieval cloisters was mainly financed by managing farms and by receiving gifts for people's souls, accepted in the form of food or clothing. During its short history, Skriðuklaustur was associated with 60 farms. Most of the farms were in East Iceland, and many included tenant farms. Farm estates were Skriðuklaustur's leading assets and source of wealth. Rents were usually paid in goods, for instance as homespun woollen cloth, butter or other foods, livestock, dried fish, meal, driftwood, charcoal or even kindling wood. The monastery farm Skriðuklaustur is large, over 10,000 hectares (100 sq.km), with extensive grassy pastures. It stands by an ancient national route where the main route to North Iceland has for centuries been on Fljótsdalsheiði (the heath above Skriðuklaustur), where there is now a paved road up the gorge of the river Bessastaðaá. Lagarfljót was a barrier to travel, which forced riders who were going east to use the crossing over Jökulsá in Fljótsdalur on their way to the Eastfjords. During the time of the monastery, the main trading place of East Iceland was in Gautavík in Berufjörður, and there was a route through Suðurdalur in Fljótsdalur valley. The route to the fishing station in Suðursveit was Norðurdalur in Fljótsdalur valley and then south over, what was then a much smaller Vatnajökull glacier where now is Brúarjökull. Skriðuklaustur stood at a crossroads like many other medieval monasteries and provided travellers food and shelter.
Description: Digital representations of the Strath of Kildonan and Helmsdale in North Scotland will be focussed on different research periods from Iron Age brochs and cairns to round houses, long houses and medieval castles. The models will be developed in collaboration with the community, conducting historical research, being involved in digital modelling and curated interpretation. This case study is led by Timespan in collaboration with St Andrews University.
Description: Situated at Kabelvåg, Lofoten, Norway, this site was one of the most important economic centres in Norway in medieval times. The fishing town of Vågar was a buzzing centre of trade and craftsmanship. We will be using animations and augmented reality simulations to bring the past back to life. Museum Nord is leading on this case study in collaboration with Oslo University and Aurora Borealis Multimedia.