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The history of the museum
The Sørvág Museum (Sørvágs
Bygdarsavn) was founded in 1963. The founders where Jóhan á
Ørg, Arnhold Jacobsen, Dánial Thomasen and Zacharias Petersen.
only picture we have from the museum when it was in the building
which today is the towncouncil hall. From the right
there is Zacharias Petersen, Jóhan á Ørg and
his wife Lena á Ørg. The other people on the photo are danish
visitors. The photo is from 1971.
The demolition of a very old house called Oyran
in the middle of the town, where a lot of old items where, was the start
of the museum. The owners of the old house gave all the items in this house
to the museum and these items where the foundation of the museum.
But an energetic collection
of all sort of old things was started and many people in all the towns
in the island gave items to the museum and soon the collection got bigger
||You could say that it was on high
time this collection took place, because in the sixties people threw all
the old things away, and many of the rare items that are on the museum
would definitely where thrown away and would not be present if the
collection was not started then.
Sřrvág Museum is today the
third biggest museum in the Faroe Islands, after the national museum
in Tórshavn and the big museum in Klaksvík, which is representing all
the northern part of the country.
To day you could say that the museum represent all
the towns in the island Vágar.
Jóhan á Ørg was the leading
founder and leader of the museum in 33 years until his death in 1995.
Zacharias Petersen was helper and presenter
in the museum in many years till about 1980.
In the early days the museum was in the building
which today is the town council hall.
1989 the museum moved to a rented
hall in Sørvágur in this house.
The museum in the new rented hall.
leading founder and leader
of the museum 1963 - 1995,
Jóhan á Ørg, (1923 - 1995)