City of Industry 1860—1921

Here we learn about social efforts for the city’s children — and maybe play a little with the dollhouse. Photo: Mattias Ek.

The city brims with people from the countryside. Once here, they become factory workers, draymen or perhaps deacons. They organise themselves in associations; to protest unjust employment terms, agitate for the right to vote or perhaps to promote sobriety.

The late nineteenth century sees hundreds of thousands of people leaving the countryside for Stockholm. Agriculture is no longer a reliable source of employment. In the city there are jobs in industry, as servants or in positions such as clerks or shop assistants. The old craftsmen remain and we take the opportunity to visit a textile dyer in his modest workshop.

Destitute children roam the streets. Princess Eugenie, the Sachs family and other philanthropists give a small part of their abundant wealth to open children’s hospitals and schools for children with disabilities. Thanks to physician Moritz Blumenthal, infants born to Stockholm’s needy are weighed and given clean milk.

Workers organise to protest long working hours and harsh working conditions. Voices are raised against class and gender inequalities. The fight for universal suffrage intensifies among women and the working class. Will you join the march?
The cry goes up — “Votes for all!”

Step behind the scenes at Münchenbryggeriet (the Munich Brewery) and try your hand at the arduous labour of the brewery workers. But mind your fingers! Broken bottles and lethal machinery are all part of their daily work.