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The World Heritage Farmhouses in Hälsingland are being protected with the help of the University of Gävle

Press release   •   Apr 01, 2016 09:00 UTC

Since June 2012 Gävleborg has a World Heritage listing– the decorated farmhouses of Hälsingland. There is a drive at the university now to increase the contribution the university can make towards the development of the World Heritage.

With the help of a grant from Region Gävleborg and the University of Gävle, a group from the university are going to lead the development of, and research into the farmhouses of Hälsingland.

“The farmhouses of Hälsingland are very close to my heart and I see it as a privilege to make a contribution towards our world heritage,” says Åsa Morberg, assistant project leader.

Increasing awareness

Basing the knowledge of the farmhouses of Hälsingland/the World Heritage on research, by collaborating with other institutes of higher education for example, is what it is about.

Even other interested parties such as farm owners, Region Gävleborg, the county administrative board and museums, Arkiv Gävleborg and the Gävle Konstcentrum will participate in the studies on the farmhouses of Hälsingland.

Involving students

One wants to create greater interest for the farmhouses of Hälsingland by encouraging students at the university to use the World Heritage Farmhouses in their independent studies.

At the University of Gävle internal and external interdisciplinary seminars are planned and a “Farmhouses of Hälsingland corner” is going to be installed in the library.

Current situation

At present the group consists of two representatives from each faculty and the Department for Communications and Strategic Partnerships. This is in order to enable research from different perspectives and in the future carry out interdisciplinary projects.

“It is very important that we in this way ensure the university’s contribution in promoting and creating the value of the World Heritage Farmhouses of Hälsingland,” says Jan Akander, leader of the project.

For further information please Contact:
Jan Akander, project leader at the University of Gävle
Tel: 026-64 81 18, 070-508 37 69
Email: jan.akander@hig.se

Åsa Morberg, assistant project leader University of Gävle
Tel: 026-25 37 06, 070-329 85 23
E-post: amg@hig.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 14 500 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.