MW18 Lightning Talk: What Happened Here? Explore The History Of Stockholm With Your Smartphone


Thank you, I’m so excited to be around. My name is Sofia Dahlquist. I work at the website “Stockholmskallan” as educator, co-ordinator, editor. We’re a really small team so we do a little bit of everything. I work at the education department
in the city of Stockholm and Stockholmskallan is a co-operation between the education
department, the city museum, the city archive and the city library. So we’re doing this together. And what do you see here? This is Stockholm and a
place called Odenplan. The big picture is from today and the little black and
white one is from 1902. And standing on this spot or
on other locations in Stockholm you will be able to discover the history in your hand in your smartphone. (computer chimes) Oops. Okay. And you can like really easily
compare and see how the city has been like changing during the years. If we move on to next one, this is Odenplan on a present day map. And the little blue
balloon is where you stand. And this is a printshot from the website. This is Odenplan in 1909, kinda a few years after the little black and
white photo was taken. And then you can compare the two maps with each other and discover the changes. And then you can go back in time and see how this place looked in 1805. It was a quite remote place, very green and didn’t have that many buildings. And also if you compare
it to the map from 1642, Odenplan was not really a
part of Stockholm at all: actually the map ends more
or less in this location. So what else mas-ti-red can you find in this part of Stockholm? Here are some other
historical sources pointed out that is close to your first position, and I will now give you some examples. This is a painting from 1793. It’s kinda from the same time as one of the maps I showed you before. It’s a very green part of the city; it doesn’t have that many buildings. Here is a photo taken from one of the first
balloon rides in Stockholm, overlooking this part of town. Here is a police report from 1902 where one female Swedish
suffragette has been arrested during a demonstration supporting the legal rights to vote. A photo from the opening of
the subway system in 1952, where a Swedish prince
is cutting a ribbon. And this is a quite recent photo; it’s from 2007 and people are protesting against that they are going
to open a commercial centre in this area by hanging out
red flags from their windows. And here is a music example
from the rock band Kent: a Swedish rock band that’s very good, and that’s just like three years ago. And they are singing
about this area as well. If you want to know more, we have some literature about this area and also we have some teaching examples: how you can use this exact location while teaching your students
about the city of Stockholm. So, what is Stockholmskallan? It’s a database with 30,000
different historical sources. It’s not a huge database, but the sources they are all handpicked to fit in this specific environment. They are picked out, they are digitized and they are all geotagged and they are from different
museums, libraries and archives in Stockholm. They are connected to each other and described in their historical context and they are together with examples how they can be used in the school. Because school is our main target group and the selection of materials follows the outline of the National Curriculum. Every material in the database
has some meta information. This photo is from 1944,
you can see it on a map, and you can also have some reference words to make it easier to find. And you have the
photographer and the license. And most of our material is free to use and all our material is free
to use in educational purposes. And also you have the story and it says: “Two girls are playing in the
Adolf Fredriks schoolyard. The girls together with 369
others Finnish war-children from Karelen and Osterbotten
spend quarantine days at the school awaiting
a foster placement.” And those two girls, they are two of many Finnish war-children that came to Sweden during
the Second World War to stay safe. You’ve got some other
material in this picture: some more photos, a letter
written by a Finnish war-child, an address sticker to keep
around the child’s neck when travelling from Finland to Sweden. And the picture is also connected to a bigger theme article
about migration in Sweden and a book about the subject as well. Oh! Our aim is to add to the general history using those micro level
stories I just showed you, is to meet the curriculum and
also increase the interest of knowledge about Stockholm history, and also be a a starting point
for reflection and discussion of ethical matters such as human rights, democracy and equality which are also part of
the Swedish curriculum. Thank you very much.

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