Earlier this year I visited the Castle and Cathedral Museum in Linköping. It’s a small museum situated in parts of the castle and with 50 SEK and an hour to spare it’s well worth a visit.

The museum was focused on two points of time; the 13th century with Birger Jarl and the 16th century with Gustav Vasa and Bishop Hans Brask. A collection of archeological finds made in the city is on display and well-built models of the castle. Ceramics, textiles and other household items are among the things on display.

These are a few of the things that caught my eye:

A shoe in very good condition from the 13th century.

Metal fittings from a book. Take a closer look at the decorative pattern (probably 13th century).

A knife with a leather sheath, needles and a thimble (13th century).

Linen hose found in the privet... (15th century)

Window glass from Linköping Cathedral, from the end of the 13th century.

Click on the pictures for a larger view and please visit the museum webpage for more information: http://lsdm.se/ They have several photos as well as a summary in english.


Biorn and me went to Stockholm last week. We did some shopping in the Old Town on Thursday and I managed to get some gilded leather for an intarsia project I’ve been planning. On Friday Biorn went to “Hobbymässan” and I took the opportunity to visit the Museum of National Antiquities. I was very curious to see the Bread and Buns exibition, but was really disappointed. It supposedly was a family exhibition but it was hardly anything for someone over the age of ten to experience…

On the other hand I spend considerable time in the Textile Chamber and took photos and made notes of the intasia work on display. Look here for an example. In the end I had a great time.

We also made a quick stop at the temporary Museum of Medieval Stockholm, mainly to look in the museum shop. Picked up a copy of Gerry Embletons Medieval Military Costume – great book with fantastic photos.