“We like to say that our exhibitions are curated by the sea,” says Ingeborg Svennevig, director of the region’s cultural history museums. “It has been a ruthless neighbour for the people living on Jutland’s west coast as well as their greatest source of both income and information for generations. It provided vital resources such as fishing and driftwood, but also an unusual means of communication with the larger world.” The area’s inhabitants were sometimes able to salvage exotic artefacts from unfortunate ships, but it was the interactions with traders and survivors that provided some of the most fascinating cultural meetings.

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