Our work

ARKIVET peace and human rights center has a broad scope and a critical social mission. We have an essential task in actualizing history in various ways in continuous future-oriented peace work.

These are our focus areas:


The ethnic and cultural diversity in Norway is growing. ARKIVET shall be a relevant and current meeting place for a diverse audience, and a safe place for social cohesion and essential dialogue.

Through various events, exhibitions, and seminars, we want to interact with the outside world. Our communication involves including more cultural expressions to allow more voices and stories to be heard.


ARKIVET also conducts future-oriented peace work, which in today's context involves the prevention of anti-democratic forces and violent extremism. In 2016, the resource and competence center PLATTFORM got founded to coordinate and run the prevention work in the region for the future.


Norwegian ships and sailors accounted for Norway's most significant contribution to the Allied victory during World War II. The term "war sailor" was only widely used after World War II to denote the sailors who sailed for the Allies during this war. Later it has become common to include those who sailed at neutral speed 1939-40, in the navy, in the home fleet, the foreign sailors, and those who sailed during the First World War.

ARKIVET became the Norwegian Center for War Sailor History in 2015. The Norwegian Center for War Sailor History will research, document, and disseminate an integral part of our history. And in 2016, ARKIVET launched the War Sailors Register who's aim is to document the efforts of all Norwegian men and women who sailed at neutral speed, for Nortraship, in the home fleet, in the Norwegian and Allied navies, and for Allied and neutral merchant ships. Also, foreign seafarers who sailed on Norwegian boats are registered. You can find out more about the register on krigsseilerregisteret.no.


Scientific research in relevant subject areas is one of ARKIVET’s essential purposes. As a future-oriented peace center, the development of new knowledge that makes us better equipped to understand the past and make good choices for the future is central.