Garden Designers in Sweden in the First Half of the 20th Century. Towards a Professional Identity

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 1060000 SEK


The aim of the project is to investigate how women garden designers during the first half of the twentieth century achieved a professional identity. This entails analysing and discussing their possibilities of achieving relevant training in order to be able to work in this field. The project will be carried out thematically based on questions such as: what was their social background; training; business; whether they were self-employed or employees; publications; participations in competitions and exhibitions; public commissions, etc. 's importance for designing parks and gardens is an unexplored field in Sweden, and in the other Nordic countries. In an international perspective, there is a preponderance of monographs. The investigation will be a contribution to profession studies on, for example, artists, photographers, and academics, with a clear emphasis on the gender perspective established in the past few years. It is important to investigate these successful, but today forgotten women, both as individuals, and as a group, and to introduce them into the existing canon of garden history, and male garden designers. Initially, I will search for, and work on, the primary sources. Then, the sources and the women behind them will be analysed, discussed, and positioned in a theoretical context. A majority of the women were trained abroad; thus it will be necessary to search for material in archives outside of Sweden.

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