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Makten över monumenten: restaurering av vasaslott 1850-2000
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

During the period 1850–2000 the Renaissance castles created by the Swedish Vasa kings, who reigned during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, have been subject to restorations. During the period an official management body for the built heritage, a legal system and political guidelines for the maintenance have been developed. Other official actions have also been taken, such as debates and the forming of restoration societies, to support and raise funds for restoration campaigns.

A number of restorations of the castles of Vadstena, Kalmar, Gripsholm, Uppsala, Örebro, Västerås and Linköping are analysed in this book. The examinations proceed from the hypothesis that the establishment and development of a management and a legal system for the care of the built heritage is a result of official views of history and art history. As these views have changed over time, the arguments for and results of the restorations have varied.

In Sweden two professional groups, architects and conservators specialising in buildings, have had the main influence on the development of the restoration methods. Both have used the field of restoration as a means of defining their professions. Other actors, such as regional authorities, societies formed for preservation and participants in the official debates are dealt with, as they expose arguments that are of great importance for the development of the field of restoration and for the actual execution of the restorations.

The Vasa castles are prominent exponents of the built national heritage of Sweden. To have an influence on decisions concerning physical transformations of the Vasa castles is to have power to affect the way national history is conceived.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2007. , 269 p.
Keyword [en]
Restoration, preservation, maintenance, reconstruction, castles
National Category
Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4562ISBN: 978-91-7178-517-7OAI: diva2:12866
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2007-12-14, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:00
QC 20100709Available from: 2007-12-05 Created: 2007-12-05 Last updated: 2010-09-10Bibliographically approved

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