Heritage institutions are gateways to past eras, lost places and vanished experiences. Yet at the same time they embody power, permeated with the desire to classify the world. Today we stress the democratic dimension of what archives and collections can tell us, and who can access history. Collaboration between academies, archives and museums, along with wide-ranging digitalisation programmes and a growing awareness of lost perspectives, illustrate the opportunities and challenges we face when narrating urban history. How can we reach behind the scenes of the city?
As part of the project Bekönade rum. Mångdimensionella vandringar i stadens historia (Gendered Spaces: Multidimensional Walks in Urban History) the Stockholm City Museum invites you to a dialogue on hidden and forgotten facets of the urban past, and on the art of uncovering and disseminating aspects of a problematic or proscribed nature.