Otago Museum design services co-ordinator Craig Scott
recently returned to Dunedin with his head brimming with new
ideas after spending two weeks on a museum scholarship in
Mr Scott, who was promoted from exhibition officer to his
current post last year, said the trip to the capitals of
Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway had proved ''absolutely
He had visited more than 30 museums and art galleries,
including an Abba museum in Stockholm, which was linked to
the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and where each of the band's
four members was represented by a projected hologram.
He turned 25 during the ''extremely useful'' July trip, and
took about 4000 digital photographs. Funded through an
internal museum contestable scholarship, amounting to about
$3500, the trip proved influential, and not only in terms of
new design ideas.
He was also impressed by the strong focus on sustainability
in Scandinavia, including extensive use of bicycles in the
Danish capital, Copenhagen, and waste minimisation in Sweden.