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Humans and Nature exhibition opens up perspectives on the Finnish relationship with nature

Ihminen ja luonto -näyttelyn tunnuskuva.

Ihminen ja luonto -näyttelyn tunnuskuva, jossa kaksi hyljettä.

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Note! The exhibition is closed Mon 27.9. due to maintenance.

Natural phenomena used to be explained by reference to gods and magical forces. The first roughly scientific explanation of the world was created through ancient elemental theory.

National Library of Finland will present an exhibition that examines the relationship between human beings and nature and the development of concepts relating to nature from the perspective of the four classical elements: earth, water, air and fire. During this exhibition, experts from various branches of natural science will examine research, ideas and impressions related to the elements with the help of the National Library’s collections and some objects loaned from scientific and cultural institutions.

The treasures of the National Library of Finland on display – books, magazines and ephemera – mainly come from the National Collection, as the emphasis of the exhibition lies in Finnish nature. However, the exhibition also offers samples of the Manuscript Collection, the National Sound Archive and European research since the 16th century.

Exhibition gems from various centuries

The gems of the exhibition include Elias Til-Landz's Turun Seudun kasviluettelo (List of Plants in the Turku Region) from 1683. The first edition of the work was published as early as 1673 and was the first publication on Finnish nature. Elias Til-Landz was Professor of Medicine at the Academy of Turku.

Theon of Alexandria’s work, In Claudii Ptolemaei magnam constructionem commentariorum libri11, printed in 1538, is one of the oldest in the exhibition. Almagest, published about 150 and written by Claudius Ptolemy, wasa thorough manual of astronomy of its time, dominating the worldview for a millennium and a half. The Greek edition on display was printed in Basel in 1538.

Jonas Hahn's work Ytterligare tilökning wid den förnyade Johan Månssons siö-märkes-bok eller des Uplifwade aska år 1748 dates back to 1751. In the book, Lieutenant Commander Jonas Hahn presents a new version of Captain Johan Månsson's 1644 book on navigation.

Also on display is the famous work on meteorology, Atmospheric Circulation Systems (Erik Palmén & Chester W. Newton), from 1969. Erik Palmén is perhaps the world’s best-known Finnish meteorology researcher. His and Chester W. Newton's book continues to be used internationally as a textbook in the field.

 

 

Exhibition team

Mother of the idea for the exhibition: Professor, National Librarian Cecilia af Forselles

Chair: Professor Jouko Rikkinen (University of Helsinki).

Members: Doctor of Philosophy Elise Garritzen (University of Helsinki); Postdoctoral Researcher Heli Huhtamaa (University of Bern); Docent of Astronomy Hannu Karttunen (University of Turku); Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Technology Johan Stén (University of Helsinki); Doctor of Philosophy, Docent Allan Tiitta (University of Helsinki) and Professor Emeritus Nils Erik Villstrand (Åbo Akademi University).

Expert in the National Library’s collection: Jaakko Tahkokallio

Exhibition Designer in charge of the visual appearance of the exhibition: Maara Kinnermä

Exhibition Coordinator: Marjut Hjelt

Conservator: Marleena Vihakara

The National Library of Finland’s communications: Marko Oja, Mia Mansaré, Tiina Lehmikoski-Pessa, Katri Nissilä, Teemu Kokkonen

Videos: Unigrafia

Enquiries: kk-viestinta@helsinki.fi

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Changes in the North Hall’s services and reserving microfilms

pohjoissali ja mikrofilmien lukulaitteita
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The North Hall’s services from 1 September 2021 onwards

The North Hall is a reading room of the National Library of Finland where you can read microfilms with microfilm readers and use digitised material at the legal deposit workstations.

From 1 September 2021 onwards, advice will be available in the North Hall from Monday to Friday:

  • Upon request, a duty officer will be called from Rotunda’s information desk from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • There will be a duty officer in the North Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you have not used microfilm scanners before, we encourage you to arrive on your first visit between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The North Hall is open according to the library's opening hours, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the hall can be used independently outside advice hours.

Due to COVID-19 situation, only part of the seats and machines are in use. More information here.

It is also possible to make a reservation for the microfilm readers in the North Hall or via email: kk-palvelu@helsinki.fi

Reserving microfilms has been moved to the search service

The microfilms in the storage can now be ordered directly from our kansalliskirjasto.finna.fi search service. In order to reserve microfilms, you will need a National library card and a pin code.

We will deliver a maximum of 32 microfilm rolls at a time.

In future, loaned microfilms will also be shown in the loan data. You can renew them yourself, and please also remember to return the films you no longer need.

The reservation through the search service applies almost all of the microfilms in the storage. If the microfilm material you want cannot be booked through the search service, the films are ordered either with an e-form, email or in the library with order slips.

The materials already in the North Hall can still be used without reservations.

 

For more information on the services of the North Hall and the reservation of microfilms, please contact us via email: kk-palvelu@helsinki.fi

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