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Finland's National Board of Antiquities is the nation's specialist, service provider, developer and authority in material cultural heritage and the cultural environment field. It collects, manages and presents the national heritage of cultural history and records in addition to producing and providing knowledge.

Nautica fennica 2013-2014

The new Nautica Fennica showcases multifaceted maritime history from rock art to trade and yacht club activities

Published by the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Finnish Association for Maritime History, the new Nautica Fennica 2013-2014 - Multifaceted Maritime History highlights a wide range of perspectives to Finnish maritime history. The articles in the book are based on the latest research findings, with topics ranging from the rock carvings of Reposaari in Pori to the cargo voyages of the barque Helios, and from the activities of Turku-based yacht clubs to the image of Finnish sailors in literature. The book includes Swedish and English language summaries of its articles.

Editors: Tapio Bergholm and Sari Mäenpää
National Board of Antiquities 2014, 152 pages, paperback, ISBN 978-951-616-253-2, ISSN-L 1235-9122, ISSN 1235-9122, price €21 (incl. VAT)
Kuvakokoelmat banneri

Historical newspaper photographs of the Journalistic picture archive to be integrated into the service

As part of the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities, the journalistic picture archive records and publishes picture material from newspaper photographers, newspapers and photo agencies. Now you can also browse the material of the Journalistic picture archive online through the service.

You can access the material of the Journalistic picture archive at ( The archive is integrated into the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities (, where you can also browse and buy cultural historical photographs and other picture material from the Board's collections.
Finnskogar tunnuskuva rajattu

The Exhibition "Finnskogar - Forest Finns" presents the life of Finnish migrants in Sweden and Norway

The exhibition tells the story of Finns who moved to uninhabited forests regions in Sweden and Norway in the late 1500s and 1600s to practice slash-and-burn farming. They maintained their unique culture and their own language amongst the native population for a long time. Later on, they melded into the main population.

The exhibition tells why they left and what their life was like in their new home. In addition to the exhibits, visitors to the exhibition get to experience the old Finnish language spoken by the forest Finns, their Finnish-style place names and their beliefs and spiritual traditions.

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Museum Collections Management Policy

A Checklist for Museum Collections Management has been published

A Checklist for Museum Collections Management Policy is a guide for creating a Collections Management Policy. Initially published for Finnish museums, it is now available in English to promote international discussion in collections management development.

A Collections Management Policy is a document prepared by a museum on aims, courses of action and principles of Collections Management and the forms of operation and methods applied in their implementation. A Checklist is based on the published collections management policies of several cultural historical and art museums in Finland and the authors' own views and experiences of the work with collections. The checklist has been commented on by several professionals of the museums sector and it has been tested in museums of different type and size.

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Sutherland mittaa ja Freeston kuvaa
Archaeologist Tim Sutherland carrying out ground testing while Jeremy Freeston shoots a documentary. Photo by Satu Koivisto, National Board of Antiquities

Geophysical measurements taken in the surroundings of the Janakkala swordsman's grave yield more information about the area

In September, the National Board of Antiquities teamed up with archaeologists from the University of York to carry out exceptional studies in the surroundings of the so-called swordsman's grave, which was discovered in Janakkala last autumn. The studies were carried out without tampering with the ground or the ancient monument. The magnetism of the soil surrounding the grave was measured using a magnetometer, and the results proved quite interesting: several traces of human activity were found under the surface of the field, some of which may indicate the presence of an ancient burial ground or even an ancient settlement. The National Board of Antiquities is currently waiting for further analysis results from the University of York's archaeologists. Based on these results, the National Board of Antiquities may later carry out excavations on some of the most interesting spots at the site in order to confirm what lies deeper in the ground under the measurement points.
Kolmiosainen lasimaalaus

A three-piece glass painting from the dining hall of Hvitträsk. The glass painting was designed by Olga Gummerus-Ehrström in 1904-1905. Photo by Ilari Järvinen, National Board of Antiquities 2012 (99050:71).

The Partage Plus project produced 81,000 new item entries, along with 3D images and multilingual searches, for the Europeana database

The National Board of Antiquities and the National Museum of Finland took part in the European Partage Plus project, which spanned two years and ended in spring 2014. During the project, a total of 81,000 items and other materials representative of the Art Nouveau style were digitised for the Europeana database. The project included 24 operators from different parts of Europe, most of them museums. At the National Museum of Finland, the project involved the digitalisation of items from and photographs of the original decor and furnishings of the national romantic Hvitträsk villa, designed by architects Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen.

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Finland is preparing for the ratification of the Faro cultural heritage convention

The Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, prepared on the initiative of the Council of Europe, highlights the citizens' rights and responsibilities to a diverse cultural heritage in everyday life. The convention emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage as an enricher of modern life and the future. It also encourages individual citizens, as well as communities and the authorities, to engage in more active interaction. The National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish Local Heritage Federation are currently preparing the ratification of the convention in Finland.

Finland invites citizens to discuss the value of cultural heritage for society (Council of Europe, News)
Kuva 3

The library reading corner offers a peaceful place to read. Photo by Soile Tirilä, National Board of Antiquities


The National Board of Antiquities' Archives and Information Services Department to adopt extended opening hours on Thursdays

The customer services of the National Board of Antiquities' library, archive, and picture collections have launched a trial for extended opening hours. From March to May 2014, the department's customer services will be open until 6 pm on Thursdays. During the extended opening hours from 4 pm to 6 pm, customers can use the library's open collections and borrow and return materials. Customers can also make use of the archive and picture collections' shared customer service space, where they can inspect ordered archive and picture materials in advance, and submit orders for materials and pictures. Storage pick-ups will not be carried out in the evenings.


Savonlinna Olavinlinna

Крепость Олавинлинна

Olavinlinna Castle's website in Russian has been launched. Welcome.
Открылась веб-страница крепости Олавинлинна на русском языке. Добро пожаловать.


Museum Finna

Collections of Finnish museums with a single search.


VW Beetle

The web service for the National Board of Antiquities' picture collections. The service is in Finnish.

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