Grenna Museum’s collections originated in the Grenna Hembygdsförening, which began collecting cultural and historical objects around 1920.
The first number in the collection is no small thing, it’s a house: the Röttlegården. The old papermaker’s dwelling house with its sheds was moved from Röttle village south of Gränna to the future Open-Air museum on Gränna Mountain.
The collections were expanded in 1945 with the collection of objects from S A Andrée’s polar expedition – a deposit from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
Our Andrée collection
We have many pictures from S A Andrée’s North Pole expedition in 1897 in our collections. Personal photos, preparations, Danes Island, Spitsbergen, the expedition, the findings and the objects. From time to time we can not figure out who is who in portraits/group photos. We are very grateful for your tips and opinions.
Our photo collection
Our polar history photo collection spans mainly from 1872 to 1966 (plus modern material from our own travels). Examples include Axel Enwall’s images from A E Nordenskiöld’s Spetsbergen expedition 1872-1873 and Lars E Andersson’s extensive collection of slides from his wintering at the South Pole 1965-1966. Something of a rarity is an album of Lieutenant Herbert C Chermside’s photographs from Englishman Benjamin Leigh Smith’s 1873 Spetsbergen expedition and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s photo album with a large number of expedition images, including the sinking of the Endurance in 1915. The latter album is a private deposition.
archive and object collection
The cultural history collection includes both art and objects, mostly from the second half of the 19th century and a few decades into the 20th century. You’ll find everything from craft and farming tools to hats, art and polkagri paper, all with a local flavour or origin.
Based on the Andrée collection, the museum’s polar history collection has been expanded considerably in recent years, both in terms of the collection mentioned above and in terms of other expedition history in the polar regions. The collections include objects from the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1949-1952, the Swedish-Finnish-Swiss expedition to Svalbard 1957-1958 (the Geophysics Year) and Otto Nordenskjöld’s Antarctic Expedition 1901-1903, for example.
The cultural-historical photo collection stands out in several ways. For example, we have press photography from the late 1950s to the 21st century by journalists who worked in Gränna and its surroundings, and studio collections from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries. The latter include Calla Sundbeck’s glass plate collection from the early 20th century and Osse Gustafsson’s portraits of people who stopped over in Gränna during the war years: American bombers, Danes, Norwegians, Poles and others. The collection also contains interesting images from Azerbaijan, Persia and Cameroon in the decades around 1900.
The polar history photo collection spans mainly from 1872 to 1966. These are Axel Enwall’s images from A E Nordenskiöld’s Spetsbergen expedition 1872-1873 and Lars E Andersson’s wintering at the South Pole 1965-1966, and in between images from the aforementioned expeditions. The collection is distinguished by the photographic material from S A Andrée’s polar expedition. These are pictures from the expedition as well as from the time on Danish Island and the discovery on White Island in 1930.
Something of a rarity is an album of Lieutenant Herbert C Chermside’s photographs from Englishman Benjamin Leigh Smith’s 1873 Spetsbergen expedition – possibly the only one in existence.
The public collection
Grenna Museum continuously publishes its collections on DigitaltMuseum. There you can also help us identify, comment or order images. Published images may be used freely or according to the indicated CC mark.