Between River and Ocean

Join us on an exciting journey into the past along the Göta Älv River. The exhibition Between River and Ocean covers the 700-year history of shipping and shipbuilding in the area.

In Lödöse, we have found evidence that people lived here at least 10,000 years ago. The Göta Älv River, which flows just outside the Museum, has been the lifeblood of the area; a natural waterway and communication route that has linked the people living in the Göta Älv River Valley with local and more distant communities.

Nowadays, one or two ships still navigate the river, but just a couple of generations ago the Göta Älv was lined with factories and shipyards, all working to provide Sweden and the world with ships of every shape, size and function.

Shipbuilding has been a feature in Lödöse for over 700 years and only came to an end in the middle of the 1980s. Industrial remains from the shipyard era can still be found, but may very well disappear completely within the not too distant future.

In the exhibition Between River and Ocean we explain about ships and shipyards. We recount stories about those who at one time made a living from shipping. We reflect on how this location has been unfailingly linked to the world. We also relate a series of historical events that were not always in our power to control, and yet they continue to shape our lives, both now and in the future.