The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities owns five cultural properties in southern Sweden, all of which are open to visitors: Rettig House at Villagatan 3 in Stockholm, Stjernsund Castle in Närke, Skånelaholm Castle in Uppland, Stensjö Village near Oskarshamn in Småland, and Borg Village on the island of Öland. These properties represent various epochs and social milieus covering 1,500 years of Swedish history.


Regarding the villages, the Academy’s objective is to preserve the buildings and the ancient cultivated landscape. The ploughing depth is retained from the 19th century. Older varieties of farm animals are bred. The aim is to preserve structures and species that are dependent on preindustrial methods of cultivation, but also to display ancient agrarian Sweden to new generations.