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Conservation versus thermal comfort – conflicting interests?: The issue of church heating, Sweden c. 1918- 1975
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History. (Kulturvård)
2015 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 84, no 3, 153-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper examines the views of government authorities on heating in historic churches in Sweden from 1918 to 1975, when a government office called Kulturhistoriska Byrån oversaw restorations and other modifications of public buildings with historic values. In this period heating was introduced in most Swedish churches in order to raise the level of comfort of the churchgoers. In the late 1970s there were alarming reports of excessive damages to polychrome wooden art in these churches, which were thought to have been caused by heating. The work of Kulturhistoriska Byrån is analysed in order to better understand how  heating technology in churches developed and was applied, and how the office analyzed the situation at different points in time. The general development gradually went from issues of thermal comfort, fire safety and insulation to more attention being paid to damages caused by heating. Despite that heating systems were to be approved before they were installed, later use of these systems escaped central supervision, thus leaving the responsibility of preventing climate induced damages entirely to the individual parishes. 

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2015. Vol. 84, no 3, 153-168 p.
Keyword [en]
fire prevention, churches, conservation, indoor climate, thermal comfort
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History Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Conservation (HGO)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233027DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2014.970573ISI: 000363317000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233027DiVA: diva2:750386
Kulturarvet och komforten. Frågan om lämpligt inomhusklimat i kulturhistoriska byggnader under 1900-talet
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2375
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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