Baltic Manors exhibition in Denmark
History of manor culture and the reforms of a nobleman
Once the favourite summer residence of the nobleman, politician, and Enlightenment reformer Count C.D.F. Reventlow, the early 19thcentury main building is now a museum for manorial life and for the reformist period that lay the foundation for the development of modern Denmark. The Reventlow Museum opened in 1940 in the main building of the Pederstrup manor. The history of the estate can be dated back to the 1340s, while the oldest building traces in the main building are from the 1550s. The museum’s present appearance is the result of restoration and reconstruction in 1940 of the Empire style house that C. D. F. Reventlow commissioned and had built in 1813-22. Today, Pederstrup is one of just a few main buildings in Denmark that are built in the Empire style. In the 1930s, the Reventlow family sold Pederstrup, and the main building and the park were laid out as a museum. In this connection, the main building was brought back to the style of C. D. F. Reventlow’s simple Empire house, which is now located beautifully in the green park surrounded by lakes and woodland. Pederstrup is now an exciting museum about manor house culture that appeals to all the senses.
The heart of the museum beats in the kitchen
The only remnant that has been preserved from the historicist Pederstrup is the impressive cooking range in the manor kitchen. The ‘show kitchen days’ in the historic kitchen are an absolutely unique experience. Every Thursday, the “Mamsell” heats up what is possibly Denmark’s oldest oven to bake and cook with those visitors interested in historical recipes. A great event, especially for families with children.
The beautifully furnished rooms with their views across the lakes today allow visitors to get close to C. D. F. Reventlow’s everyday life and experience how well-to-do families lived in their stately homes in the decades around 1800. A special exhibition is held in the museum’s living rooms each year. The manor park is a wonderful place to stroll and picnic too.
Rent Pederstrup Manor as a wedding location for your romantic day. Also as a location for photo- or film-shootings, the authentic setting with stately atmosphere is beautiful.
Impressions from Pederstrup
Denmarks oldest oven?
The original cast iron cooking range has been thoroughly renovated. Ever since the heart of the house has come to life again, historical eating habits come to life in cooking classes with historic recipes.
Yours, Frederikke Reventlow
An interesting female perspective is given by letters written by the wife of C. D. F. Reventlow
”I seek you once again in the green temple, to converse an hour’s time with you, or stroll with you in your thicket, between flowering jasmines and rose bushes; there we could perhaps also talk about the major events of our time, which will cast blessings or misfortune on our descendents to come. I hope for the first …”
On the intimacy Frederikke and Louise shared, 1791
From her marriage to Christian Ditlev Frederik Reventlow in 1774, until her death in 1822, Frederikke Reventlow exchanged weekly letters with her sister-in-law Louise Stolberg. Despite the fact that they rarely saw one another, the two friends had a confidential and close relationship that lasted over six decades and was expressed in the letters they wrote to each other. On of Museum Lolland-Falster’s annual exhibition was based on a selection of the letters Frederikke wrote to Louise. It is in these letters that she puts the life she lived and the thoughts she had about existence and the major events of one of Denmark’s most turbulent periods of history into words.
Frederikke’s letters are a key to understanding the developments society and family life underwent at the end of the 1700s. Whilst war and economic depression rolled over Denmark’s borders, and the winds of political change blew in France, new values based on close family ties and a happy marriage gained ground. Values that Frederikke, in the many letters and papers she left to posterity, was an early spokeswoman for. In Frederikke’s own words, letters give insight into a world of happy family times, the glamour and festivity of royal balls, and the joys and sorrows of raising children. Her letters also chart the political and literary debates of the time, all of which contributed to the values of society today.
The exhibition was curated by Mia Ramsing Jensen (MA) and museum curator Jesper Munk Andersen.