Replicating traditional knowledge in Östarp Museum
Östarp Museum site: 100 years of green heritage making and rural sustainability in Southern Sweden
Where we are
Step right into the historical buildings of the Östarp Museum site to experience life as it was in the towns and countryside of Southern Sweden, from the Middle Ages up until the 1930s. Featuring buildings, animals and gardens in a heritage landscape, the museum replicates the historic farming environment at Kulturen’s Östarp, dating back to the mid-19th century.
Sustainability and rural living are important sociopolitical issues that Sweden has been facing. The role of rural cultural heritage, traditional craft, forestry and cultivation is also in constant transformation. This, in turn, places a big demand on the social relevance of academic research and museum organizations. A better understanding of rural heritage and the multifaceted nature and long-term ramifications of traditional knowledge, such as crafts and cultivation, facilitates critical reasoning of possible links between rural living and sustainability.
Kulturen – Kulturhistoriska föreningen för södra Sverige – is working hard on developing new insights about how rural cultural heritage can be perceived and shaped when approached in terms of traditional knowledge, sustainability and global environmental goals. Under the mentoring of RURITAGE, they seek to refine and develop the Östarp farm as a destination, where curators, artisans, entrepreneurs and researchers work together. An approach that nurtures long-term education and enhances the reach of new audiences. Active farms have already gained a second life as cultural heritage sites, playing a crucial role in the process of acquiring knowledge related to landscape preservation, traditional buildings and sustainable living.