Exhibition: Vasa’s Women – Always present, often invisible
Vasamuseet2018-10-06 — 2020-12-31
An exhibition about women around the ship Vasa, and about women’s living conditions in early 17th century Sweden.
Research reveals a partially new and surprising image of the living conditions of women in Sweden during the early part of the 17th century.
Meet Margareta Nilsdotter, the head and property manager of the Stockholm shipyard who, after her husband’s death, assumed responsibility for the construction of Vasa and Skeppsgården, one of the largest workplaces in the country at the time. Get to know Brita Gustavsdotter Båth, the landowner and wood supplier at Ängsö Castle who sold timber to the shipyard where Vasa was constructed. Meet Ylva and Beata who were on board Vasa at the time she sank. By means of these four women, the exhibition focuses on the role of 17th century women in society in Sweden, at a time when they had more power and influence than that narrated by traditional historiography.
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