Part of our mandate includes the preservation of the maritime cultural heritage. We achieve this by active collaboration with other authorities and institutes in matters that affect cultural heritage management.

Maritime cultural heritage management

We register and gather knowledge about maritime cultural environments. This provides an important basis for the local county councils and others who try to preserve the environment and ancient sites. Newly discovered wrecks are continuously registered in the database 'Fornsök' which contains information on all of Sweden's ancient sites both on land and on water. Fornsök can be found on the Swedish National Heritage Board (RAÄ) website.

We endeavour to raise public awareness about historically interesting vessels and promote their preservation by offering listing, advice and economical support.
We make assessments of remittals, and give archaeologically expert opinions within various maritime fields, including lighthouses, harbours, shipyards, navigation markers and other built environments.

Swedish Military Heritage

National Maritime Museums works with Swedish Military Heritage (SMHA). This is a network of 25 state and state-supported museums located throughout the country. The purpose of the network is to document and preserve Sweden's military history with emphasis on the cold war. A small number of museums within the network specialize in older periods.

Swedish Military Heritage is led and supported by both the National Swedish Museums of Military History (SFHM) and National Maritima Museums. It holds collaborative agreements with the National Association for Sweden's Military History Society's (RSMF) and the National Property Board (SFV).