About

Collection

Our Local Heritage | Submission of Items

The Collection

The local history collection at Museum Mors consists of about 30,000 archeological and modern era items and as such offers a rich look into the life of the people of Mors through centuries. One of the main reasons for the size and significance of the museum's collection is the museum's age. Since 1901, Museum Mors has purposefully collected and received items, each of which tells a piece of Mors's history.

Part of the collection is selected to be displayed in the museum's permanent exhibits. But even more items are safely preserved in our storage.

The collection at Museum Mors can be seen at: Museernes Samlinger (site is in Danish)

Why Collect Items?

The presentation of historic items is not the only important duty of a nationally recognized museum. Of equal importance is the collection, storage, and preservation of items for posterity and later generations so that both present and future historians and archeologists can research them and tell exciting new stories about our shared past. For this reason a large portion of a museum's items are kept in storage under safe and sound conditions.

Though most collected museum items aren't permanently on public display, they don't simply lie forgotten in storage, never to see the light of day. During the museum's annual special theme exhibits, the storage is where we find new "old" items to display.

Submission of Items

If you have any items of interest that you wish to donate to the museum, feel free to visit our branch of local history, Dueholm Monastery, preferably on a weekday. We recommend making an appointment ahead of time. Our qualified historians will then assess if the item holds enough historic value to be included in the collection.

Please note that due to our already vast collection, we will often politely decline submissions.

Museum Mors generally collects items based on the following criteria:

  1. The item must have a clear connection to Morsø Municipality, meaning the item must either originate from or have been in use on Mors, or it must be clearly linked to the island and the museum's area of responsibility in some other way.
  2. There must be solid provenance of the item's origin, dating, and use, meaning there must be information about where the item came from, what it was used for, and what its context was. If you have photos of the people who owned or used the item, or if you have similar stories related to the item, we would very much like to know.
  3. The item must add to our collections in some significant way, meaning that the item isn't already widely represented. The item might still be accepted if it has significantly more provenance and/or its quality is markedly better than a similar item already in our collection.
  4. The cost of including the item in our collections must reflect the item's historic value. This means that we may decline an item if its storage or preservation would be too space-intensive and costly compared to its significance or its utility in teaching/research.

Please do not let the above criteria dissuade you from offering us items. It's better to be safe than sorry; you might be in possession of a hidden treasure!

Archival materials and photos related to Mors must be submitted to our local archive during opening hours. Alternatively you're free to contact our qualified historians.

You can read more about our collection policy here: https://museummors.dk/en/about/vision-and-mission