Cultural history

Cultural history timeline

The museum’s cultural history areas of responsibility cover a broad area, from marine traffic off the west coast of Jutland through the Danish fishing industry to the offshore exploitation of natural resources in the North Sea.

Chronologically, this covers a period from the 1500s to today, with a wide range of maritime themes, which is reflected in the multiplicity of our stories.

At the museum, for example, you can learn about the heyday and decline of the west Jutland sailing ships, about the many kinds of commercial fishery and the Danish struggle to become self-sufficient in oil and gas from beneath the seabed.
The common theme of these cultural historic narratives is mankind’s encountering, working with and struggling against the sea. This encounter has spawned business, adventure, tragedies and poetry – and it is these narratives that we want to share.

Below is a time line which shows a brief overview of the museum’s areas of responsibility. You can see, for instance, some details about the shipping magnate A.P. Møller’s work to ensure a monopoly for the right to drill for oil and gas, Martin Spangsberg’s expeditions with Vitus Bering and the 1960s, the golden age of the fishing industry in Esbjerg.


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