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From Stockholm to Tallinn: the north between east and west  

The chain project in general tries to bring about knowledge and understanding about European cultural heritage, in its divergence, its coherence and its interdependence with other parts of the world. In this way also a conceptual framework of European heritage education is being developed. In various parts of Europe this interaction is physically materialised by way of 'travelling courses'. The 'From Stockholm to Tallinn' course the object is the interaction between various influences in the northern part of the Baltic Sea: geology and geography of the region, language diversity and migration, Vikings and Hanseatic League, Swedish and Russian/Sovjet spheres of influence in religion, politics and culture. A connecting line is formed by the sea and ships.


Day-to day programme:

1 (Thursday)   

  • Arrival in Stockholm
  • Meeting each other and introduction to the programme

2 (Friday)

  • Viking island Birka (various activities)
  • evening: Gamla Stan, Hanseatic city

3 (Saturday)    

  • Vasa museum: Thirty-Year War - play (on 'Enlargement of the Ship')
  • Estonia monument
  • The role of iron mining, production and trade
  • Departure for Turku – the archipelago

4 (Sunday)    

  • Arrival Turku - Swedish capital
  • Stay in Bridgettines convent, visit to Cathedral service (religious influence)
  • Aboa Vetus museum: an Hanseatic city
  • Lunch in Daphne - a connection to the Mediterranean
  • Visit to Castle (Swedish domination)

5 Monday)   

  • Departure for Helsinki
  • Elias Lohnrot house (performing scenes from the Kalevala)
  • Fiskars (production iron for Stockholm)
  • Arrival in Helsinki and walk: Structure city (Russian, Classicist, national-romantic).
  • Salve (dinner in Sailors' restaurant)

6 (Tuesday)    

  • Suomenlinna (Svaeborg) - manifestation and end of the Swedish domination.
  • Role of Suomenlinna in Finnish Civil War
  • Uspenski Cathedral (late 19th c. russification)
  • Nikolas Cathedral (early 19th c. Russian influenced classicism)
  • Kallio quarter

 7 (Wednesday)    

  • Departure for Tallinn
  • Estonia monument
  • Walk: Upper and lower city; The Baltic Klint
  • Visit to Townhall; play: 'Peasants, lords and merchants'
  • Baltic Germans and their role and position after WW1 and WW2

8 (Thursday)   

  • City Museum (Hanseatic city and their trade contacts)
  • KUMU (Kunst Museum) – 'Difficult choices': accommodation (Socialist Realism) – Henn Roode – Eerik Hamer.
  • The postion of Baltic refugees in Sweden
  • Kadriorg Park (Peter the Great and Great Northern War)
  • Pirita convent (Bridgettines)
  • Sailing on the Baltic Sea
  • Visit to Maritime Museum

8 (Friday)    

  • Certification an evaluation
  • Poetry session
  • Free afternoon


Detailed course programme.

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