Article | Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Link√∂ping University; Norrk√∂ping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008 | Reading the Official and the Unofficial: On the Practice of a Historical Investigation of the ‚ÄúFolk-Memory‚ÄĚ at the Scandinavian folk Museums and Open-Air Museums during the Late 19th Century

Title:
Reading the Official and the Unofficial: On the Practice of a Historical Investigation of the ‚ÄúFolk-Memory‚ÄĚ at the Scandinavian folk Museums and Open-Air Museums during the Late 19th Century
Author:
Mattias Bäckström: Department of History of Ideas and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
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Year:
2008
Conference:
Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008
Issue:
030
Article no.:
012
Pages:
167-173
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2008-05-20
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Official documents of the folk museums and open-air museums in Scandinavia demonstrate in many respects a history of similarities between themselves; while the unofficial documents contain a history of different local strategies to maintain the joint visions of the museum. Therefore; it is necessary for the historian to keep his gaze fixed on the texts; on the differences of the contents; but also to be aware of all distractions that originate in one‚Äôs self; distractions that creates imaginary meanings; which in their turn threaten the otherness of the documents. Thus; the task of a historian; I argue; is to maintain the otherness of the documents; and to dig out their different and presumed unessential contents; i.e. to uphold the straggly shape of the ‚Äúfolk-memory‚ÄĚ.

This article gives some examples of the official and the unofficial sides of ‚Äúfolk-memory‚ÄĚ in late 19th century Scandinavia; which a broader reading of the documents has unveiled. A study of the documents in filing cabinets and in cellar vaults of museums makes it possible to describe different similarities and differences than those which occur in a more limited reading of the published texts. Not until such an expanded and text-focused historical investigation has been carried out; is it possible to see the cracks in the ‚Äúfolk-memory‚ÄĚ; and its other and more secret boundaries.

Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Mattias Bäckström
Title:
Reading the Official and the Unofficial: On the Practice of a Historical Investigation of the ‚ÄúFolk-Memory‚ÄĚ at the Scandinavian folk Museums and Open-Air Museums during the Late 19th Century
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Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Mattias Bäckström
Title:
Reading the Official and the Unofficial: On the Practice of a Historical Investigation of the ‚ÄúFolk-Memory‚ÄĚ at the Scandinavian folk Museums and Open-Air Museums during the Late 19th Century
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