Research plays a major role at Denmark’s Industrial Museum. We conduct research to learn more about the role (both positive and negative) that industry played in the creation of modern Denmark so we can tell new stories to our visitors. The research aims to guarantee that Denmark’s Industrial Museum has an independent voice, rather than simply recounting other people’s stories uncritically.
Since 2004, Denmark’s Industrial Museum has conducted its research in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark and, most recently, with the Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Together we run the Centre for Maritime and Business History. The Centre has a reputation as a leading forum for research into the history of capitalism in Denmark, and has solid networks with leading researchers abroad.
In recent years, the museum’s research work has concentrated on the most recent Danish industrial history: the post-1970 period. This is because we believe that there is a particular lack of research into recent industrial history, and that the significance of industry for the development of society is greater than most people acknowledge – also in terms of the past few decades.
For some time, the museum’s Curator and Senior Researcher, Kristoffer Jensen, has been the prime force vis-à-vis the Museum’s research work. When he became Director in 2019, his role was taken over by Julian Lamberty, Curator and Researcher. David Holt Olsen (Curator and Deputy Manager) and John Juhler Hansen (Collections Manager) also contribute to the Museum’s research.
David Holt Olsen, Julian Lamberty and Kristoffer Jensen are currently working on a project on industry in the 21st century, funded by the VELUX Foundation. Developed in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark and Odense City Museums, the project will link specific studies of the cluster of robot manufacturers around Odense to ideas about industry and its importance to Denmark.