JÄMTGÅRDEN Dokumentation med fokus på interiörens limfärgsdekor
Jämtgården, documentation with focus on distemper wallpaintings
This bachelor thesis summarises the history of “Jämtgården” based on literature research and empirical documentation. Jämtgården is a typical 1800th century duplex timber building originating from the province of Jämtland. However, it was moved to Västernorrlands länsmuseum in Härnösand in the year of 1918. During the 1920's the museum decided to focus on the region of Västernorrland and therefore Jämtgården was somewhat left behind. The building's interior walls are decorated with distemper paintings but the current condition is poor. The aim of this thesis is primarily to compile knowledge about the building and its interior decorations as well as finding out whether primary distemper paintings, from the period before the relocation, remain on the walls. Another purpose was to present a suggestion for conservation of the fragments remaining for future research. The documentation method used included an ocular research in visible- and UV light. Basic tests of solubility was carried out to determine which type of paint that covered the walls. The documentation revealed that all paintings at the first floor are reconstructions and that one room at the upper floor accommodates distemper fragments from the 1800th century. Examinations showed that consolidation of the paint layers is needed and should be carried out as soon as possible. An annual inspection made by conservators is recommended in order to maintain the paintings in a stable condition. The given information in this thesis could help museum management in their ongoing efforts to preserve the building and its interiors.