School program archive

The Battle of Grimstad Harbour

Over 200 years ago, a major sea battle took place in Grimstad. An English frigate tried to take control of a sloop on its way from Bergen to Flensburg with foodstuffs. There were canon fire and shooting in the harbour, and many were wounded. But what really happened on 16 March 1811? How did it all start?

This is the opening of the performance "The Battle of Grimstad Harbour". Together with a musician, museum curator and actor, students are brought into the story and are allowed to "participate" in the dramatic event. This 35-minute performance provides an insight into important moments in Grimstad's history, as well as the living conditions, communication technology, music and culture of the time. The project is among Grimstad bys museer's initiatives in connection with the 200-year anniversary of the sea battle in 2011.