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Many Thanks for Extra Hands on a Small Museum - Trainees in 2021

Hertonäs Manor Museum is a small museum with only one curator working a few hours a week and a caretaker that also works part time. Thanks to our networks and scholarships we have had small contributions to our workforce this year, among other things to digitalize our collections. Read more below!Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
19.06.2021 hrs 15:43

Creating the Exhibition “Summer and Games” 2021

The 21st of January 2021 a course on professional work in the cultural sector was started at the University of Helsinki. The idea was to give students a taste of how much work goes into building an exhibition with a historical theme - the students worked on an exhibition of their own at the Herttoniemi manor museum to achieve this goal. The course was led by university lecturer Derek Fewster and the curator of Herttoniemi manor museum, Eva Ahl-Waris, and eight bachelor’s degree students from the historical programme as well as one master’s degree student from the programme of Culture and Communications took part in the course. Over the course of four months they produced “Summer and Games”, an exhibition about 19th century childhood which consists of a physical toy exhibition as well as a virtual one, hosted on the platform bookcreator.com. The physical part of the exhibition is available to the public every Sunday from May until September at 12-14 o’clock. Continue reading below to find out more!Read more »
Wilhelm Breitenstein
30.05.2021 hrs 08:56

Topelius & Tarinalyhty (Storylantern) - Classical Tales in a New Setting

#Tarinalyhty (Storylantern) produced a public artwork and mobile game in the park of Hertonäs Manor Museum in 2019-20. This year we continued the co-operation and produced a storytelling project presenting famous stories written by Zachris Topelius. In April and May we worked with students in drama at Snellman-korkeakoulu that created tours in Swedish and Finnish in the park for pupils from the local schools. Read more below!Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
13.05.2021 hrs 15:46

A Monument in Helsinki Commemorating Alexander II

After the assembly of the land in Porvoo in 1809 the estates of Finland had not been called for to meet in 54 years. The Supreme Emperor Alexander II of Russia was also Grand Duke of Finland. He summoned the estates to a new assembly in Helsinki in 1863. The emperor himself opened the meeting solemnly with a speech 18th September 1863. The speech and the year 1863 are visible on the monument commemorating Alexander II in the Senate Square. At the assembly, the Finnish estates decided that new laws and decrees should be legislated in Finland. The land assembly began to meet regularly. The emperor kept the right of veto for himself regarding the Finnish constitution. Privy councillor Gabriel Anton Cronstedt and his brother, the senator of the economic department Carl Olof Cronstedt, attended the land assembly. More information about this period can be found at Hertonäs manor. Read more below!Read more »
Ralf Palmgren
27.04.2021 hrs 15:49

The windmill from Täktom - One of the Symbols for our Museum

The wooden windmill at Hertonäs Manor Museum’s area is impressively visible next to the lively road Linnanrakentajantie in Herttoniemi. The windmill was moved here from Täktom in 1922, at the same time when it was decided to start moving the buildings from Knusbacka in Box in Sipoo here too. Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
09.04.2021 hrs 15:53

A Bowl of Punch - Cheers!

Officers and vice admirals, burgers and landowners - as well as the employees in modern museums - all have something in common since the 18th century: we all love the liquor punch. In the collections of Hertonäs manor museum many objects relate to this golden alcohol that reach our country via the global trade. For example several things owned by vice admiral Cronstedt tells about the popularity of this beverage in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
28.03.2021 hrs 15:57

A Medieval Female Fate in Finland: “Margareta in Härtonäs”

In the late Middle Ages Helsinge (that was called Helsinga back then) parish held a few noble estates, in Herttoniemi among others. Helsinge parish has later been divided between the cities Helsinki and Vantaa. Beside many men that have come from Herttoniemi there also occur a few women. Read more about “Margareta in Härtonäs” below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
08.03.2021 hrs 16:00

The Street Abraham Wetterin tie is found in Herttoniemi - who was this Man?

Abraham Wetter (appr. 1690-1737) was born in about 1690 in Stockholm, but grew up and worked in Helsinki. He was the owner of Hertonäs Manor in the 1730s and advanced to mayor of Helsinki during the period of the difficult age of rebuilding after the Great Nordic War (1700-21). Read more about Abraham below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
27.02.2021 hrs 16:02

Who is the Man behind the Petter Wetter Park in Herttoniemi?

Hertonäs Manor has had many owners during the centuries. The original creator of the manor was Petter Wetter (1659-1741), a burgher in Helsinki. He was born in Växsjö in Sweden and lived in Stockholm when he got the position as customs officer in Helsinki in 1693.Now his career as a burgher started in the eastern part of the Swedish realm. Read more below!Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
07.02.2021 hrs 16:05

The Bright Future is… both Analogous and Digital?

The year 2021 has started with restrictions due to covid-19, but in the field of museums one has started to view the future with optimism none the less. The museums have learnt to be more digital during the past year, but events in situ are also on the menu if all goes well. A museum exists through its collections, but it also belongs to the local community that asks questions about its past that the museums try to answer. Read more about our plans at Hertonäs Manor Museum in 2021 below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
25.01.2021 hrs 16:07

Digital Steps due to the Pandemic in 2020

The year 2020 was the weirdest one yet in this century. The treath of a new pandemic had been hovering over us for a while already and now it became a fact: Covid-19 has had the world on its knees, not the least the restaurants and cultural institutions. Hertonäs Manor Museum has still managed to be busy and faced the difficulties. Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
09.01.2021 hrs 16:11

Helena Gripenberg’s Youth - from a Finnish Pupil at the Smolna Institute to the Lady of Hertonäs Manor

One of the most interesting people who have lived at Hertonäs Manor must be Helene Gustava Bergbom, née Gripenberg (1851-1932). She was the last lady of Hertonäs Manor, a highly educated, musically talented, cosmopolitan lady that was fluent in four languages. Later on she married John Bergbom and became his wife at Hertonäs Manor. Read more below! Read more »
Daniela Fougstedt
06.12.2020 hrs 12:55

Helene Gripenberg - from Lady of the Manor to Mecenat

Helene Gripenberg (1851-1932) was one of the ladies of Hertonäs Manor who lived here the longest. She was born in Oulu, graduated from the Smola Institute in St. Petersburg, studied music in Dresden before becoming a piano teacher until she settled in Herttoniemi. She lived a long life, became 81 years old, and before the Civil War she had to witness the murder of her husband. She donated Hertonäs Manor in her will to its present owner, the society Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge r.f. Read more below!Read more »
Daniela Fougstedt
19.11.2020 hrs 12:58

All Saint's in Good Company!

Last weekend we celebrated All Saint's Day at the museum. Sunday 1st was also the last day this year that the museum was open to the public. To highlight this we arranged a smallscale event at Knusbacka and in the park. Read more below!Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
04.11.2020 hrs 13:11

Hertonäs Manor Museum’s Tea – a Unique Blend to Taste on a Cold Night!

Last spring Hertonäs Manor Museum decided to get its own unique teablend. Vantaa-Seura had recently done this and could recommend it for us as well. The result was – very tasty! The tea is on sale at the museum. Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
18.10.2020 hrs 13:13

Carrotcake, Cajsa Warg’s Cookbook and Hertonäs Manor

The lady of Hertonäs Manor, Beata Sofia Wrangel, kept accounts about her spending in the 1820’s, The books are in the archives and giv eus a possibility to find out what they ate and consumed at the manor in this time. Possibly Beata Sofia also knew Cajsa Warg’s recipes that had become very popular after the time she published a cookbook in the 18th century. Maybe they also ate Warg’s carrotcake at Hertonäs Manor? Read more below! Read more »
Ted Hellsten
26.09.2020 hrs 13:15

Harvest Festival in the Sunlight in 2020

Last Sunday Hertonäs Manor Museum arranged a festival with various programs with harvest theme at Knusbacka farmstead. We had a lot of fun and the weather was very nice this time. Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
15.09.2020 hrs 13:18

Night of the Animals at Hertonäs Manor Thu 20th Aug. 2020

This year the Night of the Arts in Helsinki was cancelled due to the covid19 situation. At the museum we decided to arrange ”Night of the Animals” instead and keep it mostly outdoors. We launched our first eMuseo path aswell. Read more below! Read more »
22.08.2020 hrs 13:20

The Men behind the façades of Hertonäs Manor

The buildnings erected on Hertonäs manor in the 19th century are designed by two wellknown architects: Pehr Granstedt and Carl Ludvig Engel. Who were these men and what other famous buildnings have they planned? Read more below! Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
01.08.2020 hrs 13:22

Neoclasscism - also Visible on Hertonäs Manor

Neoclassicism was a style inspired by the Antique era and used history. It was a reaction against the Rococó in the 18th C. The style arrived to Sweden in the late 18th C. In Hertonäs Manor the style is represented both in architecture and the collections. Read more below!Read more »
Eva Ahl-Waris
26.07.2020 hrs 14:57