Contact person:
Malin Thor Tureby
  • NOS-HS. The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Responsible at MaU:
Malin Thor Tureby
Collaborators and other project members:
  • Professor of Folkloristics Anne Heimo (P.I.) – School of History Culture and Arts Studies at University of Turku
  • Professor of Ethnology Helena Ruotsala – School of History Culture and Arts Studies at University of Turku
  • PhD and postdoctoral researcher Anne Brædder – Department of Communication and Arts Memory and Uses of Pasts at Roskilde University
  • PhD and University teacher Maija Mäki – School of History Culture and Arts Studies at University of Turku
  • PhD Iben Vyff – Head of Cultural Heritage and Research at Museums of Elsinore and visiting fellow at Roskilde University
Time frame:
01 January 2022 - 31 December 2024
Research subject:

About the project

NORDIC VOICES seeks to increase the use of oral histories, life stories and personal memories in Nordic cultural institutions by collaborating with leading experts from academia and various cultural institutions. Compared to many other countries, the use of confidential sources in Nordic cultural institutions and online archives is limited, because all the Nordic countries have strict personal data acts. In the project, we explore novel, ethically, and socially sustainable ways to expand the use of individual and personal memories and stories in Nordic cultural institutions, by sharing knowledge, experiences and inspiration through collaboration.


The first NORDIC VOICES workshop “Oral history and personal testimonies in museums” will be held in autumn 2022 in Copenhagen, Roskilde and Malmö. The second workshop “Oral histories, life stories and analysing significance in museums” will be held in autumn 2023 in Turku and Paimio. Additionally, two online workshops will be held, the first “Personal testimonies as museum communication” in spring 2022 and the second “Sustainable and transformative futures of memory practices and institutions” in spring 2023.