Deciphering Roof Trusses – Exploring Medieval Wooden Structures

The exhibition presents the world of roof trusses hidden beneath medieval shingle roofs, as well as the work of the research team exploring them. The exhibition includes texts and illustrations, scale model as well as material and film showing the everyday life of the field work.

Keminmaa Old Church / Saint Michael Church. Image: Livady

The wooden building heritage preserved from the Middle Ages in Finland is hidden within the roof structures of less than twenty stone churches. This unique source material, tells about medieval wooden constructions and is part of our nation’s medieval built cultural heritage. For example, from the roof structures of the churches we can get an understanding of how they were built, how the church building sites operated, and how the local community participated in the construction.

Exhibition team
The exhibition is curated by architect and Assistant Professor Panu Savolainen. The exhibition team additionally includes Ilari Aalto, Franziska Dalheimer, Marko Huttunen, Laura Laine, Jan Mustonen, Mia Puranen, Lauri Saarinen, Pauliina Saarinen, Antti Seppänen, Liisa Seppänen ja Miina Tolonen.

The exhibition is based on the research and restoration work on these structures carried out by Livady Architects since 2007, as well as Aalto University’s project Medieval Wooden Building Heritage in Finland: Roof Structures of Stone Churches, the Construction Process and Construction Innovations launched in 2020. The research team includes the researchers Ilari Aalto, Vivi Deckwirth, Antti Haikala, Marko Huttunen, Laura Laine, Marianna Niukkanen, Mia Puranen, Lauri Saarinen, Pauliina Saarinen, Panu Savolainen, Liisa Seppänen ja Miina Tolonen.

The exhibition is open at the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto 28.4.–2.10.2022.