Space reserved for being serious is hard to come by in a modern society,
whose chief model of a public space is the mega-store
(which may also be an airport or museum)

Susan Sontag

Ford T's waiting for shipment to customers, Copenhagen ca. 1925. National museum, unknown photographer.
Ford T’s waiting for shipment to customers, Copenhagen ca. 1925. National museum, unknown photographer.

I hold an MA in history and philosophy and a PhD in history from University of Copenhagen. My PhD was about industrial work and modernity in the Danish textile industry 1895-1940. It can be downloaded from publications.

My place of work since 2000 is the National Museum of Denmark, where I’m currently holding a position as curator and senior researcher at the department of Danish modern history. My job is to collect, research and present in the areas of labour- and industrial history.

My complete CV can be found here.

Presently

In 2015 I’m primarily spending time on a personal research project, with the working title “Between Denmark and Detroit”. My aim is to write the history of Ford Motors Company’s car-plant in Copenhagen 1919-1966, with a special emphasis on industrial relations and the meeting between Fordism and the Danish labour market.

I have published an article on these issues in Labor History.

Before

Arbejdernes historie i Danmark, 1800-2000-
Arbejdernes historie i Danmark, 1800-2000-

My main research has been in labour history and the history of industrial work life. I have also written a bit about museology, especially in relation to these issues.

One of my publications are Arbejdernes historie i Danmark 1800-2000 (A history of labour in Denmark 1800-2000), which I have co-written with Søren Kolstrup and Anette E. Hansen. I have also written two contributions to the international anthology: The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650-2000. The rest of my publications figure in my list of publications.

I was part of the team behind Brede Works – Museum of Industrial Culture. Brede Works is the National Museum’s permanent exhibition on Denmark as an industrial society. I am, among other elements, responsible for “the factory”, a gallery on industrial work. Before that, I contributed to the National Museum’s permanent exhibition Stories of Denmark 1660-2000.

I was also one of the curators of the National Museum’s temporary exhibition “Europe meets the World“, which was shown in 2012. For this I the sections on the enlightenment and on industrialization, as well as the interactive elements.

Brede Værk: Udstllingen under opbygning.
Brede Works; exhibition under construction.

For several years, I had the pleasure of being chairman of the Danish Society for Research in the History of the Labour Movement.

Later, I was president of the national Year of Industrial Culture 2007, a nationwide initiative in which a large number of museums, institutions and associations combined to tell the cultural history of industrial society.

Other sites

You may also find information about my work at these places:

  • academia-edu: if you are interested in my area of research, I welcome you to follow me there. In this way you will be notified about new publications etc.
  • PURE: this is the official register of researchers by the Ministry of Culture

iD icon My ORCID-id: orcid.org/0000-0001-5909-2534

If you want to contact me in work-related matters, please write to: lars.k.christensen@natmus.dk

…the small print

Even though many of the texts and comments on this web site have been written as part of my professional work, this is a personal web site. The only one responsible for the content is me.