Denmark prohibits loan of historical documents for Norwegian exhibition

The National Library. Photo :Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The University of Copenhagen has declined a request for Norway to borrow several valuable historical documents and manuscripts as part of an exhibition planned at the Norwegian National Library.

Too fragile, needed for further research

The University of Copenhagen has prevented the borrowing of five historical documents and manuscripts for an exhibition at the Norwegian National Library. The University, having already loaned seven documents, cited the fragile nature and the need for further research of the other 5 documents requested by the then Minister of Culture, Abid Raja (V).

Anne Mette Hansen, the curator of the Arnamagnæan collection, told Danmark Radio that the documents could not be loaned as “they should not be exhibited for more than three months, otherwise they begin to take damage. The other reason is the consideration for research at the University of Copenhagen.”

There was much disappointment in Norway with this decision. Aslak Sira Myhre, who works at the National Library, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the documents were “absolutely central in Norwegian history.” He will travel to Copenhagen to discuss the matter with officials from the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Ministry of Culture in the near future.

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