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European Researchers’ Night – Open House at Riksarkivet

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23 September 2005, 16.00-21.00
Organised by: Riksarkivet, the Swedish National Archives.

Logo of the Swedish National Archives
The Swedish ‘Riksarkivet’ (Royal Archive) is organising a series of guided tours on the evening of 23 September. Their precious collections contain manuscripts dating back to the 10th century. Visitors will have the opportunity to conduct their own research into Swedish history based on the Archives’ records. They will also be able to take part in seminars on the following topics:
  • Heraldry
  • Swedish castles of the 17th century (conducted by Prof Margareta Revera from Uppsala University)
  • ‘How to bring order to chaos’ – propaganda in the 17th century (conducted by Dr Jonas Nordin from Stockholm University)
  • ‘Odin in the North of Sweden’ – What you eat today affects your children’s health (conducted by Prof emeritus Lars-Olof Bygren from Umea University)

In addition, two workshops will be conducted by archive employees:

  • Paleography – How to read ancient handwriting
  • Conservation of parchments, seals and paper

Drawings by king Karl XII
There will also be a demonstration of how to assemble a Swedish puzzle dating from the Middle Ages – different pieces of parchment found in different locations but belonging to the same document… all you have to do is put the pieces together!

The Archive’s shop will be open, and a prize draw will be held during the evening.

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