Norway’s National Heritage Board dishes out 365 million kroner for cultural monument preservation

Bergstaden Røros with Røros church and heritage listed wooden houses. Photo: Paul Kleiven / NTB

The National Heritage Board will distribute NOK 365 million this year with a focus on the preservation of fireproofing old wooden structures.

Money to go towards fireproofing historic wooden structures

The protection of Norway’s cultural history is a key aim for the NOK 365 million tipped to be distributed in grants this year by the National Heritage Board. The Board will use the money to help protect cultural monuments around the country, especially older wooden structures which are especially flammable.

The Board has received many applications to fireproof historic wooden houses, according to the Board’s Hanna Geinan in a press release. Geinan said that the aim of the money was that it would be “mainly used for restoration and securing of cultural monuments such as buildings, facilities, vessels, and properties, or for planning new restoration projects”.

A fire in Risør last year, which engulfed many historic wooden buildings, was seen as the catalyst for a need to help fireproof and further protect Norway’s cultural buildings and monuments. “This is a special priority area. The city fire in Risør in February 2021 shocked people all over the country, and it is especially important to address the fire protection of the valuable wooden house environments in the spring”, Geinan further explained in the press release.

The board has distributed NOK 265.4 million in grants so far this year with a further 108.7 distributed from grants finalized in 2021.

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