The Thread of Life
The Thread of Life – exhibit tells of the journey of a human life, the everyday, and the festivities, in Southwest Finland of the 1800s. The exhibit focuses on such landmarks of life as marriage and starting a family. The exhibit also shows how the Lutheran church’s lessons on a virtuous life walked hand-in-hand with folklore about banishing evil and misfortune and keeping it at bay.
The exhibit walks you through childhood, into youth, to courting and family life to secure one’s twilight years, and finally to letting go of them.
The historic house museum
The traditions of Mauno and Ester Wanhalinna are upheld by the historic house museum of the Vanhalinna manor house. It’s greatest treasures are the furniture originally from the University of Turku’s original Phoenix building. In addition to them, presented in the exhibit are mainly post-Winter War, post-Continuation War and post-Lapland War furniture and items.
The exhibit is focused on the downstairs rooms of the manor house, where the parlor, dining room, the maiden’s chamber, the Kultaranta-room, the Householder’s office, and the kitchen. Every room tells its own part of the Vanhalinna estate’s and the manor house’s history, and the story of its owners.
The fates of Finnish army officers as told by military uniforms of 1922-1945
The exhibit built into the Vanhalinna museum’s Arma Aboa room tells, through military uniforms and items, the journeys some officers went through in the Winter War, Continuation War, and Lapland War (1939–1945).
The development of Finnish military uniforms began immediately after Finland gained independence from more decorative m/22 parade uniforms to more practical and field appropriate uniforms with their m/36 lighter summer versions.
Various medals, associated documentation, and diplomas, along with photographs shed light to the lives of officers on their military careers during Finland’s wars in 1918 and 1939–1945.
The exhibit can be viewed until the end of 2021.
Picture: A Finnish army colonel in an m/22 parade uniform. Private collection