Ostarp Museum (Sweden)
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 is facing, the role of rural cultural heritage, traditional craft, forestry and cultivation is also changing. This in turn places demands 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 interrogation of possible links between rural living and sustainability.
Kulturen – Kulturhistoriska föreningen för södra Sverige – is working hard on developing new understandings about how rural cultural heritage can be perceived and shaped when approached in terms of traditional knowledge, sustainability and global environmental goals. They seek to refine and develop the Ostarp farm as a destination. Under the mentoring of RURITAGE, the goal is to further develop a method where curators, artisans, entrepreneurs and researchers work together. An approach that nurtures long-term education and enhances the goal to reach new audiences. Already, active farms in the countryside have gained a second life as cultural heritage sites. They will play a crucial role in supporting learning about landscape heritage, preservation, traditional buildings and sustainable living.