Night at the Museum (opening of the Man in the Marsh exhibition)

Utstillingen Mannen i myra, prosjektleder Laura Bunce
At the opening with the project leader, Laura Bunce. Photo: Adnan Icagic, Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet

Last night was the opening of the Man in the Marsh (Mannen i Myra) exhibition at Tromsø Museum. I was present with two other members of Straumeyjar to witness for the first time the actual clothing that we have based so much of today’s viking clothes on: the Skjoldehamn outfit.

Recreated version of the Skjoldehamn outfit
Recreated version of the Skjoldehamn outfit

It was one of the most inspirational museum visits in my life, not only because I got to actually see the oldest clothes in Norway (dated back to around the year 1050), but also because we were surrounded by people who actually appreciate historical clothing. And as a viking reenactor, it can be just as inspirational to receive praise as it is to witness historical clothing.

The Skjoldehamn hood
The Skjoldehamn hood

The Skjoldehamn outfit was found at Skjoldehamn, Andøya the summer of 1936, and is the best preserved clothing we have found here in Norway.

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The Skjoldehamn tunic

I have already made myself a hood from the Skjoldehamn pattern, and the next project is definitely gonna be a dress based off the pattern of the tunic you see on the picture above.

Pattern for the Skjoldehamn tunic
Pattern for the Skjoldehamn tunic

Now what is really fascinating is that they do not know if the person they found wearing the outfit was a man or a woman. There is no evidence it was either, so it is all up to each person to decide. Popular belief is to say it was a man, there off the name of the exhibition, but the scientists have not yet decided upon a gender.

Pieces of the shoes that was found on the body.
Pieces of the shoes that was found on the body.
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Braided belt that was found on the body
Tablet weave that was found on the body
Tablet weave that was found on the body

Another awesome thing about the exhibition is that there are also tablet weave bands made by people in Straumeyjar. They are made by some of our really skilled ladies and they definitely deserve to be on display with the rest of the exhibition.

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Tablet weave and leg wrappings
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Gorgeous tablet weave

And finally, I got to show off my Wolf Queen dress, complete with my brand new arctic fox fur! I truely felt like a queen walking around there and I got a ton of compliments from both my fellow vikings, the people at the museum and the visitors to the exhibition.

Utstillingen Mannen i myra, prosjektleder Laura Bunce
Photo: Adnan Icagic, Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet
Utstillingen Mannen i myra, prosjektleder Laura Bunce
Photo: Adnan Icagic, Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet
Posing with the Skjoldenhamn outfit, Helga and Tonje
Posing with the Skjoldenhamn outfit, Helga and Tonje. Photo: Adnan Icagic, Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet
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