A new banner has been put up on the west wall of the Museum

12. jan - 12. des 2018

Hvalfangstmuseets fotoarkiv

The new banner put up on the west wall of the Whaling Museum today gives an insight into what the new museum and its exhibitions will be about.

This photograph from Grytviken in South Georgia is from the mid-1920s and is a reminder of what modern whaling was about, the massive slaughtering of big whales. The humpback whale was hunted until it almost disappeared from the oceans around South Georgia. The catchers then pursued blue and fin whales.

The Whaling Museum wishes to call for critical reflection and dialogue about human interaction with their surroundings, both in the past and today, with the use of a photograph such as this. What can we learn from the experience of our predecessors and how can we make use of this knowledge today?
The mountain of whale bones, vertebrae and rib bones on the beach reminds us that sustainable resource management was an unknown term. Initially, only the blubber was used, while the oily meat and bones went to waste. Therefore, large piles of whale bones accumulated along the shoreline by the whaling factories.

We do not know who has taken the photograph, but it belonged to Fredrik Knudsen, who was the pastor in Grytviken during the season 1925-26. Also, we do not know who the three men on the mounds of bones are. Are they posing as proud representatives of this large-scale industry which had led to work and wealth both in Vestfold and many other local communities around the world or do they feel any form of guilt concerning the animals who had to pay with their lives?

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