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Historic Wednesdays – Spring 2023

Make your Wednesdays historic in the spring of 2023 with events at the Swedish History Museum. Below you will find information about activities in English, as well as events for which understanding of Swedish is not needed to enjoy the activity.

‘The Hostage stone’ från Inchmarnock, Skottland. Foto: Headlands Archaeology

Lecture: Captivity and Enslavement During the Viking Age

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 18.00-19.00 in the auditorium

The taking, trading, and exploitation of enslaved peoples was a routine aspect of daily life across the Viking world. Many elements of these practices, however, remain unclear.

Archaeological studies of Viking-Age society have long-been dominated by a focus on elites and members of other high-status groups. Scholars have largely failed to account for and study the lives of subaltern social groups, in particular those of captives and enslaved peoples who may have comprised a significant portion of the population.

In this talk Ben Raffield, associate professor at Uppsala University, will move beyond the romanticised clichés of raiding and exploration which so often govern our perspectives of Viking-Age life, in order to situate the practice of slavery against the political, social, and cultural backdrop of Scandinavian society.

In other words, what do we actually know about captivity and enslavement during the Viking Age?

The photograph shows the ‘The Hostage stone’ from Inchmarnock in Scotland. The image appears to show an individual being led (possibly in chains) towards a ship. Photograph courtesy of Headlands Archaeology.

This lecture is a part of the series Vikingar 2.0 where we do a deep dive on the latest research on the Viking Age. It is a collaboration with The Viking Phenomenon vid Uppsala universitet. Read more about the project om Uppsala University’s website.

Language: English
Price: 150 SEK
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Händer som pysslar med garn

Foto: Ola Myrin/SHM.

Handicrafts café

Wednesdays January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 12 2023, 17.30-19.00

Bring a handicraft project you’re working on and buy a cup of tea or coffee from our restaurant, Rosengården, which is open until 18.00.

The museum’s textile expert Amica Sundström will show some items from our textile storage to inspire you (this portion will be held in Swedish).

Free. Drop in, no tickets or reservations required.

Basunängel i Barockhallen. I bakgrunden Eksjötaket.

Music at the Swedish History Museum

Experience concerts in the Baroque Hall. For dates and prices, keep your eyes peeled on our calender.

Prices and booking

Welcome to buy tickets to our programs on Tickster. On Wednesdays, when we are also open late, there is free admission to the museum exhibitions (September–April). If the program gets cancelled you will receive a full refund.

Admission, opening hours and prices

Årskort framsida och baksida

Buy our annual pass

We offer an annual pass for SEK 450 that is valid for all museums within the National Historical Museums. The pass gives you free admission to all our permanent and temporary exhibitions, as many times as you wish during the year.

About the annual pass