Art, design and history from the museums of Göteborg
Wikimedia Sverige's partnership with four museums in Göteborg continues. The museum staff have been working on selecting images and cleaning up metadata for the last several weeks. Now finally the uploads are underway, with the goal of reaching 2021 new files by the end of the year. Since four different museums are participating, there's a broad selection of material, from classic paintings to handicraft and design, to photographs documenting the past of the city. You can follow the ongoing upload in this category.
Allmänna vägen, a street in Göteborg, in early 20th century.
An Old Man by Edvard Munch, from the collections of the Art Museum of Gothenburg
An 18th century console table from the collections of the Röhsska design museum
Maps in the National Archives of Sweden - and one very special photo!
The National Archives of Sweden has uploaded a small selection of historical maps and plans to Wikimedia Commons (also creating Wikidata objects for each map). The maps and plans are of Malbork Castle and surroundings in Poland and of the Ukraine and places in the Ukraine. The maps are available in this Commons category.
As we were searching our holdings for maps of the Ukraine we came across a digitised prisoner release record for a person whose life inspired an Oscar-winning film! The person is Salomon Smolianoff who inspired the character of Salomon Sorowitsch in the film The Counterfeiters. We uploaded the record itself and also cropped out the photograph of Smolianoff from it. We're happy to see it is now used in the Wikipedia article about him in many language versions!
1630 map of then Prussia and northern Poland.
1639 map of Malbork Castle and its immediate surroundings.
Old map of the rivers in the Ukraine and southern Russia, c. 1700.