"C400" tells the extensive and often dramatic story of Kristianstad. Starting in the present-day on a symbolic main square, you can wander 400 years back in time, ending with Danish King Christian IV (C4) and his dream of a new, ideal renaissance town.
The exhibition is built as a miniature town, where well-known buildings – some remaining and some long gone – serve as backgrounds for captivating tales of people from different times and social backgrounds. There are three major streets running the length of the exhibition. Each side street you pass along these main streets marks a new century.
The street to your left as you enter the exhibition, "Smalgatan", tells of working-class people, their schools, shops and industries. Here are stories of hard work for women at Yllan, the town’s big textile factory. Stories about a school that has also served as a library, a house for poor children, an army camp, a school for teachers, a college and as a museum. There are stories about silversmithing, a craft taught from father to son, and about poor people who lived in simple sheds in town.
The main boulevard in the middle shows a more polished facade, where the lives of higher-ranking civilians and military officers intertwine. Meet Olga Krook, the hairdresser to whom women came to have their hair done as well as to get a dose of fresh gossip. Or get to know Polish King Stanisalus I, who sought shelter in Kristianstad and of course stayed in the finest house in town, along with his court. No one bothered to tell the owner Abraham Wijnatz, who was out of town. When he came home, both walls and doors had been knocked down, all to please the royal Polish family.
"Larmgatan" to the far right relates some of the disasters that have struck Kristianstad: fires, the cholera epidemic in the 19th century, the silent revolution in the 18th century and the siege in the 17th century, when Danish troops occupied Kristianstad. Both Danish soldiers and the people of Kristianstad suffered from hunger until they gave in to the Swedish troops who surrounded the town. Since that day, Kristianstad has been Swedish.
Throughout the exhibition there is a special children’s trail. The footprints left by skeleton Thue pass about 20 stories told from a child’s point of view, illustrated as cartoons. When you reach the 17th century you will find out when and why Thue became a skeleton. Don’t forget to place your hand over the skeleton’s hand close to the cartoons.
On the square in the middle of "C400", children are welcome to try on clothes from different ages. And please – don’t miss petting our pig Mathilde!