To the Archives!

While I am currently working on my own Bachelor thesis, it is never too late to work on something other than my own projects. One of my classmates is also currently working on his own Bachelor thesis, focusing on the monasteries/nunneries of Saint Bridget of Sweden in Denmark, of which there are only two, one in Mariager and one in Maribo. His thesis is focusing on the extent to which the monasteries themselves followed the rules set down by Saint Bridget of Swede on how they were supposed to be constructed.For those of you that don’t know, in Denmark the National Museum is responsible for the excavation, recording, and measuring of Medieval churches in Denmark. This work has been published into a giant work called Danmark’s Kirker (Denmark’s Churches) and has been in the works since 1933, and they are expecting to finish their recording and publishing in 2065. Due this being the center for research of Danish churches it is also where all the records of the church from plan drawings of the church to archaeological reports are housed.
IMG_2597 The documents examined at the Antiquarian Topographical Archives, the blue folders are plan drawings and pictures of the two churches as well as all their inventory.
So the day went forward studying the different reports that ranged from conservation costs to news paper clipping about the respective monasteries. However, after looking through the folders it was found that most of the documentation, apart from the few archaeological reports, did not pertain to my friend’s research interest. While there may have been much other useful information to gain from the older reports from the 19th century, it was seriously hindered by the sloppy handwriting of some of the authors.Despite the difficulties in the search, we finally found some drawings that were useful for my friend’s research interests, which were stored in the room next to the one pictured above. The picture below gives an idea of how large the drawing were, some were drawn in 1:100 scale while others were drawn in 1:50 or less.
IMG_2607 The map room in ATA, each of the cabinets contain blueprints as well as other large drawings from each church that is in Denmark’s Churches. These larger prints are drawn on A3 size paper and upwards.

The day ended with a short photography section of two of the drawings as seen below. After the short session we returned home to Århus after a long days work.

IMG_2610Michael Sørensen photographing the blueprints of what Mariager Monastery looked like before it was torn down. IMG_2611 Philip H. W. B. Hansen, author, photographing what remains of Mariager Monastery.