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Museums in Iceland Ask for Pots and Pans

The National Museum of Iceland and Reykjavík City Museum – Árbaejarsafn have expressed interest in acquiring objects used during the recent series of protests against the government in Reykjavík, dubbed “The Pots and Pans Revolution.”

From the demonstration on Austurvöllur on November 8, 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“The old pot that you grabbed with you to demonstrate on Austurvöllur has become historically significant and hopefully a collector’s item,” Gerdur Róbertsdóttir, manager of Árbaejarsafn’s preservation division, told Morgunbladid.

“If you brought an old pan with you to protest on Austurvöllur, you either continue using it or throw away after the protests are over. We cannot wait because people throw everything away today,” Róbertsdóttir said.

The museums are also interested in other objects used during the protests, like signs. Árbaejarsafn already has a collection of objects related to protests, for example a sign used in a demonstration for increased electoral rights in 1923.

Protests are still going on in Iceland. The Voices of the People organization is inviting people to attend the 18th demonstration in the series on Austurvöllur parliamentary square tomorrow to demand a more active democracy and no corruption.

Click here to read more about the protests.

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