Østfold Museum Foundation / Halden Historical Collections (Østfoldmuseene
/ Halden historiske samlinger), Norway
Østfold Museum Foundation is a collective umbrella for a number of museums and archives in the Østfold County area. Staff from the Halden Historical Collections worked with local people to create an exhibition of 350 objects and their stories to celebrate 350 years of the city of Halden and with young people to develop a photo project #Me, portraits of youth in Halden in 2015. The project had two aims: to celebrate the anniversary of the town by renovating the city exhibition and to become more relevant and visible for the citizens of Halden, by involving them in co-curation. The museum wanted people to be proud of their town and a sense of ownership of their common history. The project has created collaboration within different parts of the museum and the feedback from the contributors and the local community has been positively received.