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The Conservation of Medieval Swedish Churches since the Nineteenth Century, with regard to the Indoor Climate
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)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Conservation of Medieval Swedish Churches since the Nineteenth Century, with regard to the Indoor Climate

PhD, Professor Mattias Legnér


I will present some of the results of a recently finished research project funded by the Swedish Research Council in the years 2010–2015. The aim of the project was to investigate how the introduction and use of heating and ventilation technology have influenced conservation, design and comfort in public heritage buildings, among them churches. This talk will focus Swedish medieval churches: how their indoor climate has been viewed as a problem historically as well as today, and how wishes to improve air quality, temperature, humidity and air movement have affected conservation of the buildings and valuable inventories. In short, a misbegotten adoption of technology primarily designed for industrial, office and residential facilities resulted in serious damage to cultural heritage in the 1960s and 1970s. Only in more recent years have some efforts been made to adapt technology for the purpose of controlling the climate of particularly old churches. The talk will concentrate on an interpretation of why heating and ventilation technology was introduced and what the circumstances were.  


Mattias Legnér is PhD in History and Professor in Conservation at Department of Art History, Uppsala University Campus Gotland. He has published in international journals on the subject of the history of comfort and indoor climate. Together with Mia Geijer he published the monograph "Kulturarvet och komforten. Inomhusklimatet och förvaltningen av kulturhistoriska byggnader och samlingar 1850–1985" earlier this year. 

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Architecture Art History History of Technology
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Conservation (HGO)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261344OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261344DiVA: diva2:850343
Gotland - Kulturelles Zentrum im Hanseraum. Homburger Gespräch 2015: der Böckler-Mare-Balticum Stiftung in Kooperation mit dem Netzwerk Kunst und Kultur der Hansestädte (Lübeck) und der Universität Uppsala 31. August - 1. September 2015 (Visby)
Kulturarvet och komforten: Frågan om lämpligt inomhusklimat i kulturhistoriska byggnader under 1900-talet
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2375
Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-01

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