Livrustkammaren: Six museums form a new authority

By on December 26, 2017

– This is an urgent and challenging assignment that requires collaboration with many other actors to raise awareness and highlight the importance of history in society. But also increased dialogue to involve more and new visitors, says Maria Jansén, superintendent of the state’s historical museums.

The agency’s task is to promote the knowledge and interest in Sweden’s history and to preserve and develop the cultural heritage it manages. The business should be a concern for all people in society.

– With knowledge and expertise from all three of our museums, will we on a good way together with the Historical Museum and the Coin Cabinet to fulfill the mission of the new authority, says Malin Grundberg, superintendent of Livrustkammaren and Skokloster Castle with Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet.

The government’s instructions include: “The state’s historic museums business area is Sweden’s history, built primarily on the collections that the authority manages.”

– It’s a big and wide mission that creates excellent opportunities for us to take advantage of the wide-ranging expertise that the authority now collects – from prehistoric age to 1900s, says Maria Jansén.

Here are the museums’ various collection areas: The Livrustkammaren is a part of Sweden’s royal history, such as armor, weapons, horse equipment and royal wagon. The Hallwyl Museum is a former private palace with collections of art, antiques, weapons, porcelain and silver, which have been preserved as a museum in soon 80 years, the collections belonging to Skokloster Castle include arts, crafts, weapons, furniture and furnishings as well as book collections related to the castle building. The historical museum mainly comprises archaeological material and church art history, the Royal Coin Cabinet – Sweden’s economic museum includes coins and other means of payment, medals and other objects with numismatic or financial history.

The state’s historical museums also carry out archaeological missionary activities from five regional offices around the country. The new authority has more than 300 employees, of which one hundred are employed on Arkeologerna.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm