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Datenbank der Projekte zur ländlichen Entwicklung

The Empire of the Sun


The transnational cooperation project has established a digital platform about the German Nebra sky disc perceived as the oldest representation of the firmament, the Danish Sun Chariot from Trundholm Marsh and the Swedish rock carvings in Tanum.

Non-LAG Partner

  • Vitlycke Hällristningsmuseums (Tanumshede, Sweden)
  • Tanum Hällristningsmuseum (Tanum, Sweden)
  • Museum Odsherred (Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark)
  • Arche Nebra (Nebra, Germany)
  • Background

    The background of the study originates in the challenge to get museums to attract more visitors in the future. The people of Europe have had for millennia economic and political relations and exchanged ideas and symbols. Already in prehistoric times trading between different areas in Europe was widespread and ideas and beliefs were dispersed. The project ‘The empire of the sun’ worked to launch museum activities about famous religious symbols in a better and more modern and interactive way through cooperation between three museums for establishing a digital platform.

    Common Objectives

    The purpose was to create a common digital museum based platform which gives information from the three regions about the German Nebra sky disc, the Danish Sun Chariot and the Swedish rock carvings. The general scope pf the project was to enhance the museum visitors` experience; raise awareness and disseminate information about natural and cultural heritage; introduce new and improve the existing service facilities; and attract more visitors to each other’s museums and other interesting places in the regions involved.

    Main Joint Activities

    The project activities aimed at setting up a common high quality digital platform with a presentation of the respective museum expeditions/sites. In addition, a common flyer was developed. The same design was used for the website, the pamphlets, folders, applications and Q-texts for phones to be placed in the area where the museum objects were found. During the project period, three to four steering committee meetings were held, and a final conference was organised to disseminate results.

    Results and Transferability

    Dissemination materials and the common website were created. In particular the website is the most tangibel result of the project. New job opportunities were created in the involved regions, and the number of tourists visiting the museums as well as other touristic attraction in the regions, increased.

    Lessons learnt

    Implementing a transnational cooperation project may be challenging, mainly due to existing different procedures among countries. As a consequence it requires good coordination, and a dedicated person who can follow the project progress and deal with its administration.

    Project location and other information

    The project is located in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

    Total project cost (€)

    80 000

    EAFRD contribution (€)

    40 000

    National contribution (€)

    40 000

    Contact name

    Jan Steen Jacobsen



    0045 24248008

    Languages for contact

    English, Danish

    At a glance


    Sweden, Germany, Denmark

    Number of Partners


    Final beneficiary type

    Local Action Group, Other

    Budget range

    €20 000 - €99 999

    Start date:


    End Date:


    Theme / Measure:

    • Implementing the LEADER Approach
    • Co-operation projects
    • 421. Implementing co-operation projects


    Rural heritage, Rural tourism, Cultural heritage, Leader, Tourism

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