The sister ship of the Ladby Dragon, in the form of a fog-ship created from water and light, attracted close to 12,000 visitors to Munkebo over the course of six weeks.
The combination of an art installation with museum teaching has shown itself to be an effective way to raise awareness about history in the broader population. This includes many people who don’t normally visit museums.
New historical awareness in Munkebo
In the local area of Munkebo, there has been great attention on the project, especially in regards to the many volunteers who worked hard on it.
The ghost ship in Munkebo created a groundswell of enthusiasm, not just in the harbour area. Photos and videos of the light installation have been shared far and wide, and the museum’s own post about the light installation has been seen by more than 100,000 people. The museum hasn’t made such a splash in social media since the launching of the Ladby Dragon in 2016.
The landscape’s history must be told
Kertinge Bay (the innermost part of Kerteminde Fjord) was, in the Viking period, an obvious place for a naval harbour, since the ships could lie protected there in the quiet waters behind an underwater barricade, the remains of which have been found in the fjord below Munkebo Hill. It is this story that the ghost ship was intended to bring to life and to inform people about.
“We are very satisfied with the way the project was carried out and the results it has had. Basically it’s about setting focus on the history of the landscape, about how Munkebo was the natural harbour for Odense and the “inland” of Funen, all the way back to the Iron Age and to the Viking period,” explains Malene Refshauge Beck, who at the moment spends a lot of her time on the research and teaching project, “From Central Space to Urban Place”, of which the ghost ship is a part.
Research and teaching go hand in hand
“From Central Space to Urban Place” is a major project with its focus both on research and teaching, which the Museums of Eastern Funen is carrying out in collaboration with Odense City Museums and the Museums of Northern Jutland. The project is financed by the Velux Foundation. Research results will be released from time to time in the form of projects, lectures and other activities.
The ghost ship was financed with a donation of 285,000 kr. from the Velux Foundation and the Museums of Eastern Funen contributed 50,000 kr. In addition, countless hours of work have been put into the project by employess and volunteers alike.