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National Museum Exhibits Protest Items

The National Museum of Iceland opened a new exhibition this weekend where objects that were used during the series of protests in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse (“The Pots’ and Pans’ Revolution”) are on display.

From the protests in November 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The items include placards, containers, fliers, gas capsules and more, which were either donated by the public or collected on scene, a press release describes.

The reason for the exhibition taking place now, one year after the crisis hit and while the consequences are still being felt, is to seek opinions from people on the items on display.

It is not always easy to use objects to shed light on history but the role of museums is nonetheless to preserve sources on the zeitgeist and events that have occurred, the museum states.

These objects are being preserved for the future so it will be possible to examine them and display after two, 50 or 350 years. Now they reflect the modern times.

Visitors can leave their thoughts behind in the museum or comment on the exhibition’s website (click on “senda athugasemd” in the right-hand column).

The National Museum of Iceland is keen on collecting photographs taken during the protests, digital or on paper. A selection of the photographs submitted will be displayed in the course of the exhibition.

Pictures can be emailed to [email protected].

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