A new exhibition called Gothenburgs birth started this weekend on the city museum.
When you entered the museum you got a welcome of ladies from the 1600:s. I suppose they just used these clothes for the inaguration of this exhibition.
In Gamlestan( "oldtown") of Gothenburg they began building a new center for public transport a couple of years ago and discovered a lot of ancient houses, walls and items that had been lying here since 1400. This is one of the oldest parts of Gothenburg and where called Nya Lodose. Todays Lodose is a small village 40 kilometer north from Gothenburg and it has been a big market center since the wiking age. Read more about this ancient city on lodosemuseum.se. In the14:th and 15:th century the danes required taxes from all passing Bohus fortress on the way up the river to Lodose. The merchants became tired of paying taxes for getting some profit for their efforts and where talking about trading on other places. King Sten Sture then decided they build a new city closer to the sea called Nya Lodose(New Lodose). This was decided 1473 and the town soon got a good start because the new inhabitants got 20 years without taxes for moving here. This made this city biggest market in the west of Sweden. This small city got burned a couple of times by the danes and the later king, Gustav Vasa, ordered the city moved to their elfsborg fortress much closer to the sea. Another King, Charles the IX:th, also built a new city on the north side of Goeta Elf who also where burned by the danes by 1611. You are still able to see some walls, stairs and old gardens here. The area lies to the east from Charles the XI:th way
Gustav the second Adolf, who became king after Charles the IX:th death in 1611, then decided to make a city he where able to defend and started building todays Gothenburg one kilometer east from the old Elfsborgs fortress. The new city got walls and moats around the city and kept the enemy away since then. This is a film made by Visual arena in Lindholmen park. It shows you a virtual journey in the channels of Gothenburg during the 1600:s.
You are also able to see different hous plots in Gothenburg year 1698 in Gothenburg on this display. Or try it on the web through www.gbgtomter.se
The big difference with this exhibition where to present the findings from the older Gothenburg, Nya Lodose, the museum has tried to make a kind of "walk exhibition" where you are able to follow the development from 1400:s to now.
Some of the findings below todays gamlestan. To the left there is a reconstructed beer keg and beside it some parts from an old tap from one of these. To the right you see some playing cards from the 1500:s. Then two goldrings and an old wine glass.
This is a closer look of the rings. To the left you've got a signetring that you could use for signing a document or other things. Take a look on what the archeologists say about this remarkable find on stadennyalodose.se
After seeing the film about going by boat in the harbour you move to the 1600:s. This is a map of Gothenburg this year. The population where increased to 10000 inhabitants this year and all got problems with water. Quite a usual problem these year all over europe. Sweden where out in Europe to fight against danes, germans, russians and whoever they found that wanted to get in to trouble.
Then you continue to the 1700:s. Now East asia becomes very interesting through all of europe. Sweden did not succeed to well in America but drove quite a good trade with most of the world. From the caribbean Sweden imported sugar tubes, from north america cotton and from east asia a lot of spices, porcelain and silk.
This is some of the porcelain from the old eastindia ship that got stuck in the harbour of Gothenburg during the 1700:s.
You see some more pictures on Gothenburg citymuseum here>>>