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Time-Traveling at Smaalensmarken: A Nostalgic Journey at Borgarsyssel Museum

Step back in time at Borgarsyssel Museum's Smaalensmarken, a nostalgic journey to the 1950s with old-fashioned markets and timeless music.

Foto: Kjartan Abel Nilsen

Step back in time, folks! On June 3, 2018, something magical happened at Borgarsyssel Museum, Sarpsborg. Picture this: a cozy, old-fashioned market – Smaalensmarken – nestled in the heart of the museum. It’s not just a market; it’s a portal to Sarpsborg in the 1950s!

This event wasn’t a random choice. The 1950s birthed Smaalensmarken. Sarpen newspaper, back in 1954, spilled the beans. They wrote about a “new spring sign” – a market that mixed tradition with quirky innovation, something only a modern cultural-historical museum could pull off.

Picture the scene: stalls brimming with goods, each a story from the past. The air buzzed with excitement, blending the old with the new. And the music? “Frøken Johansen og jeg” by Tone Petronelle Sørlie and Bjørn Sørlie. It wasn’t just background music; it was a soundtrack to nostalgia.

Smaalensmarken isn’t just a market. It’s a time machine, run by Østfoldmuseene. It’s a blend of the past’s charm and the present’s spirit, a testament to the enduring allure of history. So, who’s ready for a trip down memory lane?

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Kjartan Abel is a sound designer, music composer, and immersive installation artist, known for his explorations at the intersection of technology and creativity. A seasoned museum nerd, AI enthusiast and tech enthusiast, Kjartan adeptly melds digital innovation with traditional media. His artistry extends to tinkering with Raspberry Pi, crafting unique experiences that resonate in today's tech-driven culture, often exploring the dimensions of space and time. With an MFA in Fine Art Media from The Slade School of Fine Art and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Kingston University, Kjartan’s blog offers a window into his multidisciplinary approach and his journey through the evolving landscape of New Media.

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