We are the government agency responsible for cultural heritage and historic environment issues in Sweden. Our public archives hold about four million photos – including copy prints, glass plates and other negatives, slides and digital copies. The photos 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 photos 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 and churches, urban and rural environment, archaeology, industries and aerial photos. The photos often show people, both known and unknown. Some photos are from other countries than Sweden, some are repro photos of other materials from our holdings, such as drawings, watercolours and prints.
Kulturmiljöbild – our photo database
About 200 000 of our photos are digitized and searchable in our photo database online. The database is continually updated with newly digitized photos.
Visit the photo database: www.raa.se/kmb
Read more about the database
Our photos 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 photos and provide a way for the general public to contribute with information and knowledge. New photos will be added regularly. You are welcome to share, to comment, tag or just enjoy!
Read more about our policy regarding the photos we show on The Commons.
More photos on Flickr
On our other account on Flickr we show photos from the Swedish National Heritage Board’s events since June 2011: Riksantikvarieämbetet
- A Forest 42,502 photos, 4,235 members
- MONUMENT 27,864 photos, 2,335 members
- Project Weather 634,879 photos, 90,752 members
- Nature is my medicine 8,836 photos, 308 members
- World Wide Planes 46,425 photos, 375 members
- RUNNING LANDSCAPES 69,322 photos, 4,472 members
- ANCIENT RELICS 81,354 photos, 4,105 members
- Plants, Stones & Nature Landscapes 43,967 photos, 1,521 members
- The Best of Black and White Photography 13,111 photos, 652 members
- m▲gic n▲ture 38,763 photos, 1,966 members
- SARDEGNA chiama SICILIA e viceversa. 71,877 photos, 2,343 members
- [...] on public space 2,791 photos, 72 members
- Recreate Culture 57 photos, 63 members
- Enquire Mag 162,970 photos, 7,807 members
- POTPOURRI MAGAZINE 243,962 photos, 7,876 members
- Nautical pictures of interest. 43,404 photos, 395 members
- Dated Vintage Photographs (pre 1945) 6,254 photos, 321 members
- Kulturhistorisk fotografi 6 photos, 2 members
- Autokromer 2 photos, 2 members
- Nationella fotografregistret 33 photos, 3 members
- Vintage pics 29,469 photos, 545 members
- Jihozápadní Čechy - Southwest Bohemia 165 photos, 39 members
- Gotland Nature Reserves 225 photos, 90 members
- Historical Gardens 14,338 photos, 645 members
- Britain's Postal Heritage 2,072 photos, 285 members
- 1st Photo Ever 3,726 photos, 401 members
- Norske Kirker / Norwegian Churches 3,471 photos, 330 members
- Castles, Mansions & Old Ruins 336 photos, 46 members
- Places Of Great History 353 photos, 30 members
- Windows & Doors -- Old & New 672 photos, 61 members
- Flickr Social Club 1,227,366 photos, 36,277 members
- Absolut Today 17,828 photos, 689 members
- Vintage Eyes That Speak 3,102 photos, 146 members
- Flickr 5.25 1,061 photos, 1,352 members
- Runes and runic inscriptions 635 photos, 179 members
- Stångehuvud 34 photos, 15 members
- Svenska kyrkor - Swedish Churches 5,402 photos, 422 members
- Churches Kościoły Kirchen 65,281 photos, 1,817 members
- Earth Hour 2009 Global 3,171 photos, 2,656 members
- Figgjo, Nymolle, Bjorn Winblad, Arabia of Finland...Scandinavian 871 photos, 159 members
- Gotland 4,749 photos, 357 members
- Sweden before 1950 7,374 photos, 532 members
- Flickr Commons 2,276 photos, 2,110 members
Swedish National Heritage Board doesn't have any testimonials yet.
- January 2009