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
- CASTLES 1 39,418 photos, 4,017 members
- MONUMENT 25,177 photos, 2,309 members
- Project Weather 618,456 photos, 88,660 members
- Nature is my medicine 7,976 photos, 288 members
- World Wide Planes 38,433 photos, 337 members
- RUNNING LANDSCAPES 65,039 photos, 4,433 members
- ANCIENT RELICS 78,262 photos, 4,094 members
- Plants, Stones & Nature Landscapes 40,629 photos, 1,485 members
- The Best of Black and White Photography 11,781 photos, 623 members
- m▲gic n▲ture 36,514 photos, 1,906 members
- SARDEGNA chiama SICILIA e viceversa. 69,636 photos, 2,326 members
- [...] on public space 2,710 photos, 69 members
- Recreate Culture 57 photos, 63 members
- Enquire Mag 158,398 photos, 7,756 members
- POTPOURRI MAGAZINE 235,053 photos, 7,819 members
- Nautical pictures of interest. 43,191 photos, 395 members
- Dated Vintage Photographs (pre 1945) 6,243 photos, 314 members
- Kulturhistorisk fotografi 6 photos, 2 members
- Autokromer 2 photos, 2 members
- Nationella fotografregistret 33 photos, 3 members
- Vintage pics 28,448 photos, 522 members
- Jihozápadní Čechy - Southwest Bohemia 165 photos, 39 members
- Gotland Nature Reserves 296 photos, 91 members
- Historical Gardens 14,189 photos, 641 members
- Britain's Postal Heritage 2,075 photos, 283 members
- 1st Photo Ever 3,728 photos, 399 members
- Norske Kirker / Norwegian Churches 3,400 photos, 324 members
- Castles, Mansions & Old Ruins 333 photos, 46 members
- Places Of Great History 348 photos, 29 members
- Windows & Doors -- Old & New 671 photos, 61 members
- Flickr Social Club 1,185,166 photos, 35,856 members
- Absolut Today 17,651 photos, 689 members
- Vintage Eyes That Speak 3,103 photos, 146 members
- Flickr 5.25 1,061 photos, 1,352 members
- Runes and runic inscriptions 635 photos, 177 members
- Stångehuvud 34 photos, 15 members
- Svenska kyrkor - Swedish Churches 5,357 photos, 416 members
- Churches Kościoły Kirchen 63,900 photos, 1,794 members
- Earth Hour 2009 Global 3,174 photos, 2,659 members
- Figgjo, Nymolle, Bjorn Winblad, Arabia of Finland...Scandinavian 868 photos, 159 members
- Gotland 5,319 photos, 351 members
- Sweden before 1950 7,392 photos, 529 members
- Flickr Commons 2,275 photos, 2,076 members
Swedish National Heritage Board doesn't have any testimonials yet.
- January 2009