Northern Periphery Thing Sites
The THING Project - THing sites International Networking Group
Total Budget: € 989 002
Total Funding Request: € 485 378
The overall objective for the THING Project is to exchange knowledge, specify, develop and test new and improved services for sustainable management and business development at the Northern European Thing sites. The project results should also contribute to a future nomination process of a serial inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the North Atlantic Thing sites.
Thing sites are the assembly sites which spread across North West Europe as a result of the Viking diasporas and Norse settlements.
This project focussed on a partnership of eight locations representing peripheral coastal communities that shared a Norse or Viking Heritage. There are of course many other sites of Viking Assemblies scattered throughout Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
The Objectives of this particular study were:
The overall objectives will be to achieve a strong and complementary inter-regional partnership implementing the following sub-objectives:
- Run a series of surveys and documentation activities and international workshops and seminars held in each of the involved regions to develop shared knowledge and understanding of the history of Thing Sites to support the new regional service development activities
- Implement and test interpretation methods for local, regional and inter-regional content development and branding, and mainstream this into recommendations for improved services for sustainable tourism and site management
- Combine the results and new knowledge into an ICT web2.0 based service to promote and support the protection, management and interpretation of the Thing sites and to stimulate mobilisation and networking between the interested end-users, regional and international knowledge providers including the regional authorities and universities.
- Deliver a well managed and successfully communicated project