History

ASSOCIATION OF NORTH SEA CITIES
– MAIN ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS 1978-2013

1978
North Sea history seminar in Stavanger hosted by the Stavanger Maritime Museum

1979
North Sea history seminar in Denmark initiated by the Stavanger Maritime Museum

1985
Papers from the first two seminars published in The North Sea. A Highway of Economic and Cultural Exchange. Character – History.

1987
North Sea history seminar in Stavanger North Sea Society of Stavanger established

1988
Stavanger-days in Antwerp: Conferences, concerts, exhibitions, visit by the Stavanger Maritime Museum’s sloop ANNA AF SAND

1989
1st North Sea History Conference in Stavanger: “Social History of Maritime Labour”. The Association of North Sea Societies established

1989
“The Bayeux Tapestry” – French exhibition, lectures and concert in Stavanger

1989
“Belgica. Le premier hivernage dans l’Antarctique”. Exhibition made by the Musee National de Marine in Antwerp travelling in Norway

1990
Support for the exhibition “Iddis. Sardine Tin Labels from Norway” made by the Norwegian Canning Industry Museum and travelling to Aberdeen, Hull, London and Esbjerg

1991
2nd North Sea History Conference in Esbjerg: “History of Ports and Harbours – Adaptions to Change”

1992
Papers from the North Sea History Conferences in Stavanger and Esbjerg published

1993
3rd North Sea History Conference in Aberdeen: “The North Sea. Seaway and Resource”

1995
4th North Sea History Conference in Stavanger: “Maritime Industries and Public Intervention”

1996
Papers from the North Sea History Conference in Aberdeen published

1997
5th North Sea History Conference in Rotterdam: “Finansing the Maritime Sector”

1997
“Harvest from a Common Sea. The North Sea Fishery 1870-1940″. Travelling exhibition + catalogue  made by the maritime museums of Esbjerg, Hull, Stavanger and Vlaardingen

1998
Association of North Sea Societies reorganized to be Association of North Sea Cities

1999
6th North Sea History Conference in Hull: “Concentration and Dependency: The Role of Maritime Activities in North Sea Communities”

2000
“Fishing for Protein” and “Sailor’s Dress”. Two travelling exhibitions from the maritime museum in Esbjerg touring member cities in the North Sea countries 2000-02

2002
7th North Sea History Conference in Dunkerque: ”Bridging the North Sea: Conflict and Co-operation”. Papers from the 4th, 5th and 6th North Sea History Conferences published

2003
“North Sea Lights”. Travelling exhibition + catalogue made by the maritime museums of the ANSC  network started in Dunkerque and was touring the North Sea until 2008.

2004
ANSC homepage established

2005
8th North Sea History Conference in Bremerhaven. “Crisis and Transition – Responses to Economic Turmoil in the North Sea Region 1790-1940”. Papers from the 7th North Sea History Conference published

2008
9th North Sea History Conference in Stavanger – ”Maritime People” Papers from the 8th North Sea History Conference published

2009

Organising Committee for the 10th North Sea History Conference in Gothenburg, 1-3 September 2011, is established. The Organising Committee consists of David J. Starkey (University of Hull), Lars Scholl (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven), Frits Loomeijer (Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam), Morten Hahn-Pedersen (Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet, Esbjerg), Anne Tove Austbø (Stavanger Sjøfartsmuseum), Anna Rosengren & Britta Söderqvist (Sjöfartsmuseet Akvariet i Göteborg).

The ”North Sea Passenger Lines”- project is launched in Hull 16 May as a publication as well as an exhibition. The exhibition is expected to be touring the North Sea until 2012

2011

The 10th North Sea History Conference in Gothenburg – The Parallel Worlds of the Seafarer. Papers from the 9th North Sea History Conference published.

2012 

Organising Committee for the 11th North Sea History Conference in Amsterdam, 3-5 September 2014, is established. The Organising Committee consists of Joost Schokkenbroek & Sarah Bosmans (Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam), Jeroen ter Brugge (Maritiem Museum Rotterdam), Britta Söderquist (Sjöfartsmuseet & Akvariet, Gothenburg), Mette Guldberg (Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet, Esbjerg) and David J. Starkey (University of Hull). Papers from the 10th North Sea History Conference published.

2013

In June the “Maritime People” exhibition project is launched in Stavanger. The exhibition is based on DVD and is free for all members of the network. A draft new set of By-Laws of the network reflects a wish to reach out to maritime museums around the Baltic and the North Atlantic as well as the North Sea.