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20th century changes in Swedish medieval churches (»Add to Infobox)

Research Leader: Professor Johan Mårtelius
Lotta Gustafsson

History of Architecture

The project explores the changes and restorations during the 20th century in medieval church interiors, focusing on the Uppland region in Sweden. The main purpose is to document the actual changes and to analyse their underlying values and strategies. The administration of building maintenance, the planning of the restorations and the antiquarian attitudes are examined.

During the 20th century our countryside churches have been subject to substantial restoration work, in many cases performed on a high artistic level. The economic conditions allowing these works have lately changed, however. Although widely appreciated as sacred and aesthetic spaces, with a falling number of churchgoers, the buildings now face a threat - or a challenge.

Our medieval churches form a cultural heritage with priceless treasures. In the ongoing process of maintenance and conservation we need knowledge of the changes through time. In particular, with the changing roles of church buildings in religious and everyday practice, the understanding of historic changes is crucial.

Period: 2004-01-01 - 2006-12-31

Preservation, Restoration, Architectural history


FORMAS (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning)


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