Department of Cultural Heritage
The department consists of the following sections
The section oversees the National Library of Norway, the National Archives Services of Norway, the Nidaros Cathedral’s Restoration Workshop, the Language Council of Norway and the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille. Further responsibilities include libraries, literature, language policy, Sami affairs, national minorities and coordination of the ministry’s research and development (R&S) work.
The section is responsible for museums, visual art, architectural issues, planning and building matters, the gift reinforcement programme and the decentralised scheme for distribution of gaming funds to cultural buildings. Additional responsibilities include import and export of cultural objects, cases involving cultural crime, oversight of KORO (Public Art Norway) and grants administration in relation to museums, miscellaneous pictorial arts projects, the Nobel Peace Center, Norway’s square-rigged ships and the Skibladner paddle steamer.