Thursday, July 31, 2014

What history can teach us.....

A visit to a museum like Murberget can show us. A place like this shows us how generations before us lived, how they managed without all those modern gadgets and massconsumption. True, many suffered, but many more made it and I do think that they were happier despite their hardships and maybe because of their simple hardworking lives than we are today with all our luxury, agendas, stress and cluttered up daily lives.
I do believe we have gone too far, that technology and the desire for luxury have become too dominant and that we need to turn back to a simpler and more honest life. Places like these can show us how, if we chose to listen to what they have to tell us....
The only thing we have to figure out is how to combine the best of those two worlds.

This museum has a great variety of subjects and exhibitions, ranging from 18th century style town square with wooden houses over a medieval style church replica to farm buildings of several eras.
They moved the old townhouse, a shop, an old tannery, a weaving mill and other buildings and unfortunately these buildings are not open to visitors nor are they operational.

Luckily for us others were, like the old school and there was even a "teacher" present and he was more than willing to show us how kids in the olden days were "educated". We even had the chance to try the old way of learning how to write. First with the fingers in sand, so we could get used to the letters, then with a slate and stylus and then with a dip pen and ink.

Another living exposition were 2 maidens, showing and telling how to make butter the old way and we got to try some freshly made butter too, which they just had done. We agreed that we had never tasted better tasting butter and it really is a simple procedure, which requires a bit of time and effort. For us the hunt for a butter churn is on now!

They regularly have days especially for kids so they can see and try hands on how certain tasks were done back in the days, but we missed one of those days. Still there was an opportunity for the young ones to try some cowmilking and one of the maidens showed how they got the milk from the cow to the churn...
There were also some exhibitions on the Sami, showing a woodsami settlement in summer and a birchbark kåta or tipi. This fitted in nicely with the things I am reading regarding this subject, making it more visual and alive.


Some random shots we made of buildings both inside and out....

This one strongly reminded us of that 1970's tv-serie "the little house on the prairie"....

An item I really liked. 
Looks like a suite made out of sealskin, but it was displayed quite high up, so I could not have a closer look.

There was also a display about hunting.... well, actually more on antique guns and for me that always means a sense of mixed feelings. Hunting and killing was and is a necessary part of life for humans, but guns also mean the willful killing of man and animal alike, more often than not for profit and gain instead of living and surviving. Yet, it was a great collection to look at...
This part also showed some stuffed animals (do not like those at all), a crossbow and hunting accessories. 

We spent a whole afternoon there and after a while the kids were just as enthusiastic as we were. It also helps if there are enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, who can show and tell about it all. We learned a great deal, but there were 2 specific incidents I would like to tell a bit more about. These were a visit to a farmhouse completely in 40's style and the visit to the museumshop.
First the 40's house. As you can guess it was completely in style, even down to the magazines and pens. I love the style of the householditems (and motorised transport for that matter...), but what really caught me off guard was the scent in the house. It triggered memories of the time I lived with my grandparents and these were suddenly so strong I choked up and got tears in my eyes. I really needed to breath deep in order to catch myself again. It always amazes me how strong I can react to smell.....
The other one was related to the museumshop as I said. The kids wanted to have a little souvenir and so we went in. The shop itself was decorated in style of course and had 3 rooms; the shop itself, the hall and a guestroom. While the Mrs. and the kids were drooling around in the shop (they had oldstyle candy too!) I looked around in the guestroom and my eyes caught something I have been looking for for ages; a pair of felt and leather ankleboots, once used in the military for winterconditions. These are said to be warm and comfortable, but I have not been able to locate a decent pair. Yet here they were, brand new, standing on the floor as display items...  Oww... that hurt! And they were even my size...... I just had to try them on....!


  1. Now that´s a museum to my liking...;-) thanks a lot for the article and the great pics. I am with you on the guns, but I guess it´s as it is with most things-you have to do it responsibly.

  2. Here's some more information about the shoes on the second picture, Six Mile Shoes.

    Nice article, thanks!

  3. Nice museum.
    Regarding the birk bark shoes. Back in the old days a "birch bark mile" (nävermil) was the distanse it took to wear out a pair of them.