Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

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Related Project: A Histocial Museum 2009-2011 Launches New Website

Published on 17 May, 2010

A Historical Museum and How it Shaped Sweden is a three-year project that started in January 2009. A group of researchers are engaged in the project financed by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Swedish Arts Council and the museum. Johan Hegardt is manager of the project.

The project is placed at the museum, which gives the researchers access to the museum, the storerooms, archives, staff and every day work. The new museology is the theoretical point of departure and the project focus on the museum’s part in a social, historical and political context and its production of meaning in the Swedish society. The Museum of National Antiquities was established in 1866. Bror Emil Hildebrand was one of the main characters behind the museum. Hildebrand was a close friend to Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, the founder of the three-age system, a system that Hildebrand used at the museum to order the objects but also in his plan over the exhibitions. The museum was placed on the ground floor of the National museum in Stockholm, a museum that opened the same year. In the end of 1930 the museum moved to its current position on Narvavägen. A large archaeological and medieval exhibition opened in 1943. The exhibition was framed in a new modern and functionalistic setting. Modernism and functionalism became important in post-war Swedish society. The employees at the museum played an important part in the modern Swedish heritage management from the beginning and the museum has through its exhibitions shaped the idea of Swedishness during a major part of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

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