After the terrorist acts last summer, the National Archives of Norway harvested large amounts of objects, drawings, cards and other written material that was placed in public spaces. The memory material has been ordered and digitized, and a selection is shown on the National Archives’ website in connection with the one year anniversary.
A few days after the terror attack, the National Archives initiated the harvesting of the memory material that people placed outside churches, on memorial sites and in other public places. It was seen as important to preserve all the memories of the tragedy, both for all those who expressed their grief and support, and also as documentation for various researchers who want to study our reactions to the tragedy.
The material was dried, cleaned and sorted by site, and then put in boxes. The collection comprises at least 20 000 documents and 5 000 objects, mainly collected from Oslo, Hole municipality and Norwegian Foreign Service missions. The memory material now makes up almost 100 shelf metres in the National Archives. It has been photographed and scanned, and a selection is published on the National Archives’ website. Here you can see about 1 200 documents and 200 objects. Out of consideration for the next of kin, and to take care of privacy protection, nothing in the published material shows pictures of the victims or texts with contents related to a specific victim. Documents or objects with full name, or that has content that can be offensive, have not been published.
– Many people have been interested in what has happened to all the expressions of sympathy. Now, one year after the tragedy, we publish a selection of the memory material online, so that people can see it, says Director General Ivar Fonnes.
Link to the published memory material: http://www.arkivverket.no/arkivverket/Digitalarkivet/Hjelp/Om-kjeldene/Minnematerialet-22-7