Chatelaines and Convent Sisters – Women's influence and responsibilities at Skokloster

The exhibition opens: 22 June 2022, at 15.00

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Skokloster Castle's first chatelaine, Anna Margareta von Haugwitz. We celebrate this anniversary with a new exhibition and a publication.

Anna Margareta von Haugwitz made a remarkable journey. From being orphaned as a child in Thirty Years' War Germany, she ended her days as a Privy Councillor's wife and countess. She was Skokloster Castle's first chatelaine and her imprint is still evident today.

For almost 750 years, women have worked, exercised influence and taken responsibility at Skokloster. From the closed world of women behind the walls of the medieval convent to the efforts of the chatelaines right up to the 1960s. After Anna Margareta von Haugwitz,a number of chatelaines gave life to Skokloster Castle - women who added networks, property and financial capital. Several of them also contributed to the content and preservation of the collections.

Photo: Ola Myrin/Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).

With a focus on themes such as the importance of marriage, social responsibility, leadership and the search for new roles for women, we follow in the footsteps of the women who have lived and worked at Skokloster. A hitherto obscured story that is now brought to light.

The exhibition shows everything from medieval gold leather embroidery, portraits and woven wallpapers to jewels and hunting weapons. There are also objects from private collections that have not previously been shown in public, such as portraits painted by Bruno Liljefors and Henrique Medina, and dresses by the French fashion designer Jean Patou.

Photo: Ola Myrin/Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).

Activities in connection to the exhibition

During the summer, the castle's program activities will highlight themes linked to the exhibition and the publication.

Tickets and admission

Entrance fee: SEK 90 (free for everyone up to 19 years). We offer a 10 minute introduction to the exhibition, every hour at 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. You do not need to pre-book the tickets. Buy the tickets on site.

Header image: Samuel Voigt Lind, Skoklosters Castle/SHM.