From Magasinsgatan Bron, Falun
One of the benefits of being an academic in Grahamstown is the opportunity for travel and internationalisation. I’ve really benefitted from this with long-term projects in Scandinavia – particularly Sweden. In most years I spend several weeks from the end of August to early October in the three Swedish municipalities of Falun, Uddevalla and Trollhättan.
So the next few pictures will feature Swedish scenes as that is where I am based for the next six weeks. This one is taken at night in the old quarter of Falun – it’s a world heritage site. I’m standing on the Magasingatan (warehouse road) bridge over the Faluån. This distinguished old building uses slag and clinker from the famous Falu mine as its foundations. There were two devastating fires in 1761 that destroyed most of the wooden built structures in the town so this method was introduced to prevent fire risk.