Our popular lectures may be booked by companies and large groups. Let our knowledgeable speakers take you on an eventful 18th century voyage. The lecture can be held during a visit to Pier Four at Eriksberg, or at a venue of your choice. Available in Swedish and English.
We offer four different lectures
This lecture is held by the Swedish East India Company tailor, Gert Alenhall.
Since 2008 he has provided the whole crew with historically accurate costumes which are worn during official visits to ports and at public events. The costumes enhance the historical feel we wish to convey, and give visitors and guests a bigger picture of the ship and its crew.
Finding patterns for the costumes was a challenge – find out how Gert managed it.
This lecture includes a cavalcade from the 18th century world of art. In Sweden and Europe, rococo was flourishing as an art style in pictorial art, architecture and fashion, with strong influences from China. Silk and lace billow in the royal portraits, a Chinese royal country residence opens at Drottningholm, and the Oriental fan becomes a fad amongst 18th century ladies.
All of this is captured by Swedish artist Alexander Roslin – court artist to the French royal family. Meet the man and his work in this lecture.
The ship’s deckhands are a varied troop of enthusiasts and adventure-loving people.
Hear one of them talk about their signing on, the first climb up the rigging, what it’s like to be woken in the middle of the night for yet another shift, and the pure joy of standing on the mainmast and seeing the ship rush through the water under sail.
Who took the initiative to found a Swedish East India Company in 1731?
How many voyages were completed, and what was brought back to Sweden?
Did the business go well? Why, then, were the books burnt after every voyage? Is it true that botanist Linnaeus was aboard for one of the voyages? And did he find what he was looking for?
Modern Gothenburg still bears footprints from the company’s operations back in the 18th century, and seven years ago the long voyage to China was undertaken once again.
The lecture provides greater insight into the operation during the 18th century and its impact on today’s Gothenburg.
Contact Cecilia Bothorp
For companies: 4 710 SEK exc VAT
For individuals, associations: 5 000 SEK incl VAT
Lectures lasts 90 minutes and can be adjusted as desired and also be combined.