The Business History award was established in 2019 by the Centre for Business History. The award goes to the person or persons who have made lasting efforts to highlight Swedish business history and show how Swedish companies contribute to societal development. The first recipient was the writer Anders Johnson. The award was paused for pandemic reasons in 2020 but now returns.
When the price is now awarded for the second time, it goes to the Dalén Museum and the Economy Museum. They were chosen this week by the award’s jury, after an open nomination period yielded a large number of candidates from academia, journalism, business, and institutions. The jury’s motivation was:
The Dalén Museum in Stenstorp and the Economy Museum in Stockholm share the Business History Award 2021 for their exemplary public education initiatives on the issue of Swedish business history. From widely differing conditions, they both offer their visitors perspectives and discussions about the role of enterprise and economy in the development of society. Through narratives that connect both past and present, locally and globally, these museums create curiosity in both old and young, about creativity, entrepreneurship and economy.
The recipients will receive the award on 9 September at annual History Marketing Summit in Stockholm. They will then give brief award-lectures.
” We are so amazingly happy to receive this great award, that came just when we were about to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The interest in Gustaf Dalén’s life’s work and touching life story continues to be just as engaging and inspiring as it has always been. This award encourages us in our work, that is largely conducted on a non-profit basis”, says Mikael Hildingsson, chairman of the Gustaf Dalén Society, which runs the Dalén Museum.
“We are very proud and happy to receive the Business History Award. It boosts our power and gives energy as we continue our work on teaching economics, in a way where history, today and the future all are included “, says Cecilia von Heijne, museum director for the Economy Museum.