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Historic Wednesdays

Make your Wednesdays historic this fall 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.


Archery evening

Wednesday, September 7, 17.00-19.30 in our courtyard.

17.00 – 18.00: See a demonstration of archery
18.30 – 19.30: Go on a guided tour (in Swedish) of the exhibition The Viking World with Henrik Arnstad, captain och the archery group Sagittarii Holmiae.

Price archery demonstration: Free, no pre-booking required
Price guided tour (in Swedish): 100 SEK, students 80 SEK. Pre-booking required.

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

Lecture: Captivity and Enslavement During the Viking Age

Wednesday, November 16, 18.00-19.15 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 obscure. 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.

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.

Language: English
Price: 120 SEK
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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.

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Foto: Ola Myrin/SHM.

Handicrafts café

Wednesdays September 28 and December 7, 17.30-19.30

Brind a handicraft project you’re working on and buy a cup of tea or coffee from our restaurant, Rosengården.  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.