Located in Denmark’s most well-preserved medieval town, Ærøskøbing on Ærø, Det Gamle Værft (‘the old shipyard’) could not ask for more fantastic surroundings to showcase this fascinating aspect of Denmark’s past. “It is important that we preserve this heritage. It tells us about our history and where we come from, and we must know that to know where we are going. If we do not know where we started, how can we know where to go next?” says Christian Albertsen, general manager at Det Gamle Værft. “I am sure almost every Dane has someone in their family who either was a sailor or worked in the maritime industry. It is such an important part of Danish history.”