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I had a walk around some old parts of the Espoo centre in a cloudy winter day, when the frosty trees decorated the landscape in a fine way. This photo shows Espoo School Museum seen from the path, which goes along the southern bank of Espoonjoki river. The museum's main building is that on the right. In WS you can see the main building of the school museum at the entrance side.

The museum shows the activity of schools from the early 20th century until the 1950s. The exhibition has a wide range of exhibits and is packed with information on elementary school teachers and the school year, teaching aids and curricula, and school meals. The exhibition also includes old desks, and if you sit at one of them you're sure to recall your own time at school.

Espoo City Museum's School Museum is the oldest primary school building in Espoo.

The school (Lagstads folkskola) was completed in 1873. At that time 90% of the inhabitants of Espoo were Swedish speaking. It was used as a school until the end of the 1954 spring term, when a new school building was finished. Since then, the old Lagstad primary school has housed the offices of various Espoo City departments.

Nowadays, the building has been rented to Esbo Hembygdsförening rf (Espoo local heritace association) for use as a local history centre. The building has been restored to what it looked like when it was a primary school. Artefacts and other material relating to schools have been collected for a long time for Espoo City Museum collections.

Here you can see a picture of a school class, one page of the net exhibition of the museum, which unfortunately is only in Finnish and Swedish. The text says "You can try how it feels to sit in the old school desk, have a look inside it and see what and how had been taught in the schools of Espoo during the decades."

Here you can see such school desks.

When the school building was completed it had two classes, one for girls, the other for boys. The teacher of the girls also lived in the school building. For the teacher of the boys a separate building was built in the same courtyard. Sometimes the teachers also owned animals, sheep, pigs and hens. Already in 1887 the school was expanded to include a transverse wing. With it the school got a third class. According to the norm of those days the school had separate entrances for girls and boys.

Man kan se en svensk webutställning här.

Geocode: 60.207864, 24.651722

You can see the place of the museum also in another map here.

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