The Future of History at the Reykjavík City Museum (Museums in Strange Places S01 E04)

In the fourth episode of the Museums in Strange Places podcast, I visit the Reykjavík City Museum to talk with Museum Director Guðbrandur Benediktsson about museum mergers, historians as presidents, the state of history in Iceland, and the future of history museums in Reykjavík.

The music in this episode is “Humble History Song” by the Icelandic singer/ songwriter Ceasetone. You can find his music on Spotify and Soundcloud.

People on Icelandic horses.
Fólk á hestbaki og í léttikerru, 1910-1930
1910-1930, fólk á hestbaki og í léttikerru.
Ljósmyndari / Photographer: Magnús Ólafsson
Format: Glerplata / Glass negatives, 9 x 12 cm.
Höfundarréttur / Rights Info: Enginn þekktur höfundarréttur / No known restrictions on publication.
Geymsla / Repository: Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Tryggvagata 15, 6. Hæð / 6th floor

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Photos of the Five Museums in the Reykjavík City Museum

(Photos aren’t by me this time.)

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Learn More About the Reykjavík City Museum and Reykjavík’s History

Visit the Museum’s website

Browse historical photos of Reykjavík on the Museum of Photography’s Flickr

Books on Icelandic history:

Articles on Icelandic history:

Tvær konur, á peysufötum og í kjól / Two women, one wearing “peysuföt” (traditional Icelandic Costume) and the other a danish dress , 1900-1920

Ljósmyndari / Photographer: Magnús Ólafsson
Format: Glerplata / Glass negatives, 12 x 16 cm.

Myndavefur Ljósmyndasafnsins / Reykjavík Museum of Photography

Men in historical costumes at the anniversary celebration of the Alþingi in 1930.
Menn í fornmannabúningum á Alþingishátíð 1930

Ljósmyndari / Photographer: Magnús Ólafsson
Format: Glerplata / Glass negatives, 10 x 15 cm.
 Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of Photography

 

(Festival on Austurvellur) Hátíðarstemming á Austurvelli, 7. júlí 1915
7. júlí 1915, hátíðarstemming á Austurvelli í tilefni að nýfengnum kosningarétti kvenna sem staðfestur var af konungi 19. júní sama ár.
Ljósmyndari / Photographer: Magnús Ólafsson
Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of Photography

Check out more Museums in Strange Places Episodes HERE.

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