About the THING Project


Before our Parliaments, before the High Courts – there were things. Things, from the Old Norse þing, are the early assemblies and thing sites are the assembly sites which spread across North West Europe as a result of the Viking diasporas and Norse settlements. If you are looking for information about things and the different thing sites in Northern Europe visit www.thingsites.com.

The THING Project has focused on exchanging knowledge on how to sustain and develop thing sites and tested new and improved services for sustainable management and business development. All project partners work to sustain these sites in whose history lie the roots of northern democracies. 

The THING Project has been organised as a three year transnational project funded by the Northern Periphery Programme involving partners in Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Highland Scotland, Orkney, Shetland and the Isle of Man (See a list of THING Project partners). The project has established a network to explore and promote the shared links between the Northern European thing sites and develop sustainable business and tourism opportunities in each of the partner regions. The Northern Periphery Programme aims to help peripheral and remote communities on the northern margins of Europe to develop their economic, social and environmental potential.

The overall objective for the THING Project is to exchange knowledge, specify, develop and test new and improved services for sustainable management and business development at the Northern European thing sites. The project results should also contribute to a future nomination process of a serial inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the North Atlantic thing sites.

Photo: Gulatinget, Gulen Municipality, Norway © THING Project

Photo: Gulatinget, Gulen Municipality, Norway © THING Project


The overall objectives will be achieved by a strong and complementary inter-regional partnership implementing the following sub-objectives:

  1. Run a series of surveys and documentation activities and international workshops and seminars held in each of the involved regions to develop shared knowledge and understanding of the history of thing sites to support the new regional service development activities
  2. Implement and test interpretation methods for local, regional and inter-regional content development and branding, and mainstream this into recommendations for improved services for sustainable tourism and site management
  3. Combine the results and new knowledge into an ICT web2.0 based service to promote and support the protection, management and interpretation of the Thing sites and to stimulate mobilisation and networking between the interested end-users, regional and international knowledge providers including the regional authorities and universities.
  4. Deliver a well managed and successfully communicated project

Watch a film giving an overview of the THING Project here: