130 years of colonial and postcolonial exhibitions in Denmark about The Danish West Indies

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uring the last 130 years, a number of exhibitions have interpreted and shown the Danish West Indies. The exhibitions are generally characterized by two tendencies: A rather romantic view on the colonial past with a strong focus on trade, goods and the maritime. 2017 marked the centennial for the sale of the former colony and – more importantly, perhaps – it also marked a new way of exhibiting the Danish colonial past. As the centennial now is over, it is vital to address how the discussions and results from the 2017 centennial will carry on in the years to come, in museums as well as in a broader setting. This article discusses the majority of larger exhibitions that have partly or entirely focused on The Danish West Indies since 1888.


External organisations
  • Workers Museum
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Humanities


  • Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Danish West Indies, Denmark, exhibition, museum, slavery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-87
JournalGränsløs. Tidskrift för studier av Öresundsregionens historia, kultur och samhällsliv.
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes