Foroyar National Museum - part I
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The bus came shortly and I was headed back. I told the bus driver of my plan and asked him where the best place to get off would be. He offered to stop in a special place that would be closer than a stop. He seemed concerned that would have to walk farther in the rain. Again, the kindness here is amazing.
He left me off and gave me directions down a path and up a hill. I followed it and found the museum easily. It’s a nice and rather new building with a great view out to Nolsoy and the
I went inside and took my rain jacket off in the vestibule as it was soaking wet. There were many kids here. Actually it seemed to be all kids. I went to the reception desk and waited for someone to come….no one. I looked through their books for sale……no one. I decided to take a toilet break. I came back ….no one.
I looked through the first section showcasing their history of fishing clothes. There was an unusual shirt and pants made of oiled skins.
I looked around, again, and finally a man looked at me. I went over to him and asked him about paying. He told me that the museum was closed, this week. They were conducting special classes for children. He then told me that I was welcome to look around and at no charge, another very nice person.
I continued in the section on the fishing industry in Foroyar. There were many old pictures showing boat building and even 2 examples of boats of Foroyar design.
The next section showed the two previous flags that were used to represent Foroyar.
There were some old navigation tools and many pictures of the fishing villages during the early 20th century.
There is one really cool old pic that shows salt fish lying out to dry on a huge open field.
There were some old knives and their sheaths, made from exotic woods.
There were many ancient artifacts showing the creation and usage of rune stones. There were also “ring head pins” found exclusively in the Western Viking world.
There were the most decorative paddle looking things with creative handles and then what looks like a rolling pin.
The section showing information about the wrecks within their waters was very interesting. It seems that the biggest of them and the most valuable was a Dutch-East Indianman “
There is an exhibit concerning the sheep of Little Dimon. Around 1600, Foroyar was subject to massive sheep deaths for an undetermined reason. To replace these, they brought in sheep from
There was a beautiful quilt with twelve panels showing the great Faereyinga Saga. It was created by two women from Sandur on the
Lastly there is a simple wooden cross but it is very special. As Nordic societies were pagan from the earliest of times and Christianity was heard about in around 1000 and the decision was made to convert in 1024, they have a cross from Leirvik that is dated to the 12th century. Similar crossed were found in Norse settlements in
I say lastly but I had expected more.
I asked the curator about the two sections that were behind the locked door with artifacts from Kirkjubour and the textiles. He told me that he would be working tomorrow and would gladly open it and make it available to me. He said that he would be there beginning at and I could come any time, after. I thanked him for offering and told him that I would be there between and .
I left, in the rain, and headed up to one of the city bus stops. From the suggestion of the Bradt guide, I missed the bus that I needed. They tell you to take a 100 or 200, the city busses are 1, 2, or 3.
At the guesthouse, I did my usual and watched a bit of tv. I was going no where else on this miserable night. It was warm and dry and I had much to write about my day.
It had been another great one with the nature of Foroyar and the kindness of man. How about that!