Reopened museum looks to the future
Then, it was not until 1918 – just a few months before the end of the First World War – that the collections which constituted the Historical Museum were able to move into the building. The process was delayed by blockades and strikes, and, on the Monday after the inauguration, all gatherings were banned due to the infection risk posed by Spanish flu.
The path to this year’s reopening of the museum was not straightforward, either. The plan was to open the museum in late September, exactly 100 years after moving in on Kraftstorg. However, like other construction projects, complications and delays arose and during the final weeks it was often necessary to work late into the evening. Everything was finally ready a couple of hours before the reopening.
“We are tired but happy – and relieved after this hectic period, and above all we are very pleased to receive such a positive reception from our visitors”, says Sofia Cinthio.
“It has been great to see so many curious children getting acquainted with our newly opened educational workshop. After the Epiphany weekend, we will start our children’s activities”, says Sofia Cinthio.Speeches were given at the reinauguration by the chairman of the Historical Museum board, Stig Persson, vice-chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz and Harald Meller, museum director of Archäologisches Landesmuseum in Halle, whose current premises opened just ten days after the Historical Museum opened in Lund. Odeum’s musicians played excerpts from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”, which was first performed on the same September weekend that the museum moved in on Kraftstorg. Lena Liepe, professor of art history and visual studies and very conversant with the wood sculptures on the floor of the museum devoted to medieval church art, also gave an acclaimed speech.
Before the trumpet fanfare and four-shot salute to mark the reinauguration, the museum director Per Karsten also held a speech.
“When you celebrate 100 years, it is important to establish that this is not an ending – it is now that our journey begins! If I look into a crystal ball at the next few years, I see considerable challenges, but also enormous opportunities. We have 11 million artefacts, but only a fraction can be shown here. That is 11 million stories. They need space! I would like to propose that we work towards the building of an annex – an archaeology building that focuses on excavations and interdisciplinarity, featuring the most exciting discoveries from the Ice Age to the present. Where, you may be wondering? Why not just outside here on the dark, uninviting car park, which currently is hardly Lundagård’s most beautiful space or the one most worth preserving. A building here would open up the museum towards Tegnérplatsen, the AF Building and, not least, Kulturen”, concluded Per Karsten.