Object of the Month

Each month we feature a different object from the museum's collections or exhibitions. This month we feature a WW2 era picture from the museum's large archive of local historic photographs.

The photograph shows King Haakon VII of Norway (far left) on the golf course at Fortrose in 1942.  The figure closer to the camera, second from the right is Crown Prince Olav, the king's son, who succeeded him on the throne in 1957.

Haakon was an elected king, having accepted the throne only after insisting that a referendum of the Norwegian people be held.  The vote showed a 79% majority in favour of restoring a monarchy folowing the separation of Norway from Sweden in 1905.

Haakon and his family were evacuated to Britain after the German invasion of their country in 1940.  What prompted his visit to Fortrose is not known but perhaps the research project now being conducted by a group of local people will turn up some background information.

If you would like to join the project or have WW2 related objects or information that would contribute to the research please contact Janet Witheridge (see below) :-


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