We Always Come Back to Home Island (Museums in Strange Places S01 E18)

No matter what happens on the Westman Islands off Iceland’s south coast–invading pirates, mass Mormon exoduses, months-long volcanic eruptions, mysterious diseases, perilous fishing waters–the island people, Eyjamenn, always come back to rebuild and repopulate. That’s what makes their home island, Heimaey, so unique. In this episode, I visit the local history museum to hear the…

A Museum of Ordinary Things (Museums in Strange Places S01 E14)

Tucked away in a narrow valley just below the town of Akureyri in North Iceland, Sverrir Hermansson’s Museum of Sundry Objects is one eccentric man’s spectacular collection of ordinary things. The moment you walk into the main gallery, there are rows and rows of beautiful displays filled with meticulously arranged nails, saws, doorknobs, keys, matchboxes, lightbulbs,…

Finding Iceland’s Hidden Women (Museums in Strange Places S01 E13)

In this special episode about women’s history in Iceland, I visit the Women’s History Archive at the National and University Library of Iceland (Kvennasögusafn Íslands) to speak to Rakel Adolphsdóttir about collecting women’s history in Iceland and hunting for the women hidden in Iceland’s archival collection. I also chat with Íris Ellenberger and Ásta Kristín…