• Swedish Online Organ Archive

     

    Grant 2020

    The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation

     

     

     

    FGIOA RECEIVES A GRANT FROM THE BANK OF SWEDEN TERCENTENARY FOUNDATION FOR A LARGE-SCALE THREE-YEAR PROJECT - SWEDISH ONLINE ORGAN ARCHIVE

    Sweden possesses a uniquely rich cultural heritage of well-preserved pipe organs, among them no fewer than 436 instruments from ca. 1600 until 1860. This heritage is not only present in the instruments themselves but also documented in a rich treasure of written documents, drawings and photos, resulting from many decades of dedicated information gathering. The material is an invaluable asset to research, but most of it is unpublished and partly difficult to access. In the project ‘Swedish Online Organ Archive’, this immense material on Sweden’s classical organs is brought together by digitising and entering it into a database, constructed specifically for the purpose, with advanced but user-friendly search functions and linked to new media. This creates completely new opportunities for research in music and culture history, and, moreover, enables long-term strategic work for the preservation and maintenance of the historical instruments. Through this project is created the world’s most powerful online resource for organ research concerned with cultural heritage. The project is carried out by examining, cataloguing and scanning (or photographing) the materials to be entered into the database. The research team represents expertise in music research and organology, scientific instrument documentation and database development, with support from technical staff. A reference group of international experts follows and advises on the work.

     

     

    FACT BOX

    Name of project: Swedish Online Organ Archive
    Category of project: Infrastructure for research
    Duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023 (3 years)
    Recipient: The Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

     

     

    THE RESEARCH TEAM
    Professor Sverker Jullander, Project Leader
    Professor Hans Davidsson, Assistant Project Leader
    Dr Axel Unnerbäck (Director Emeritus of Building Preservation from the National Board of Antiquities in Sweden)
    Dr Eleanor Smith (UK)
    Director of Technical Research: Carl Johan Bergsten
    Drs. and Documentalist Paul Peeters

     

     

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation