We are the government agency responsible for cultural heritage and historic environment issues in Sweden. Our public archives hold about four million photographs – including copy prints, glass plates and other negatives, slides and digital copies. The photographs were taken over a period stretching from the later part of the 19th century until today.

More about our photo collections
Our photo collections include individual collections from various times – such as that of Carl Curman, mainly from the latter part of the 19th century – as well as the Board’s own recent photographic work and photographs taken over more than a century in connection with the activities of the Board (which actually was founded in the year 1630! – long before photography was invented).

The themes represented include – among others – ancient monuments, runic inscriptions, old churches, urban and rural environment, archaeology, industries and aerial photos. The images often show people, both known and unknown. Some photographs are from other countries than Sweden, some are repro photographs of other materials from our holdings, such as drawings, watercolours and prints.

Kulturmiljöbild – our photo database
About 200,000 of our photographs are digitized and searchable in our photo database online. The database is continually updated with newly digitized photographs .

Visit the photo database: www.raa.se/kmb
Read more about the database
Contact: kmb@raa.se

Our photographs on The Commons
The Swedish National Heritage Board has become a member of The Commons on Flickr in order to increase public access to our photographs and provide a way for the general public to contribute with information and knowledge. New photographs will be added regularly. You are welcome to share, to comment, tag or just enjoy!

Read more about our policy regarding the photographs we show on The Commons.

More photographs on Flickr
On our other account on Flickr we show photographs from the Swedish National Heritage Board’s events since June 2011: Riksantikvarieämbetet

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    michielvanwilligen says:

    "The archives of the Heritage Board are a wonderfull treasury of the past! Putting the pictures on Flickr has greatly enriched the internet. Thanks to all National Heritage workers who have helped build and maintain this Archive."

    December 29th, 2017

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    "The Swedish National Heritage Board is a wonderful and meaningful way for Americans of Swedish ancestry to re-connect with their homeland. I am a second generation American/Swede and am very interested in capturing a better understanding of my grandfather and grandmother's heritage.

    While my father was born in Chicago, Illinois USA..he was able to reside in Sweden in the 1930's for about a year. I am especially interested in photos of that time and earlier, so I may pass a little bit of the Swedish Ancestry and stories on to my four grandchildren.

    I truly appreciate The Swedish National Heritage Board and hope to make a visit to Sweden within the next decade or so.

    ---Jim johanson, Blue Island, Illinois USA"

    March 24th, 2009

Swedish National Heritage Board - Riksantikvarieämbetet
January 2009
Swedish National Heritage Board (Swe: Riksantikvarieämbetet)