Ytterby feldspar mine about 1910
Ytterby feldspar mine about 1910. Photo: Lennart Halling

In a quarry on Resarö’s eastern headland in Vaxholm municipality, a heavy black stone was found about 200 years ago. This would be the beginning of an unparalleled development in Swedish chemical research. 23 elements were identified, eight of these in minerals from the quarry.

The Ytterby Gruva association works for:

  • to spread knowledge about Ytterby mine and its history
  • to find a long-term sustainable solution to the management and ownership of the mine
  • to document and coordinate all research and activities connected to the mine.

Sweden’s readiness was good

The YouTube channel Hidden in Sweden tells in a new video an in-depth story about Ytterby Gruva during the Cold War. In the film, the producer Per Salmin is seen together with the chairman of the Ytterby Gruva Association Sven-Olof Kviman and guide Erik Thorslund. Research and facts in the film come from association member Tommy Wahlund’s research and lecture “Ytterby and the Cold War”. The lecture will again be given on a number of occasions this spring exclusively to the association’s members.

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Pictures from the mining room

On March 21, the mining room was visited by filmmaker Per Salmin. Two representatives from the Ytterby Mining Association were present. See the pictures below.

Update from the Ytterby Gruva Association

Hello everybody! We are closely connected with Stiftelsen Ytterby Gruva, and things have started to move, both in terms of the association’s activities and the ownership of the mining area. Status report A very active 2022 is coming to an end and we want to take the opportunity to give some updates.A larger number of […]

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“We lived 7 people in the bailiff’s office”

On Sunday, August 28, there were three different presentations on site at Ytterby Gruva. Eric Thorslund told the story of the mine and the discovery of the elements.
Bengt Sandell, whose grandfather’s father was the last mine bailiff, told a little about the time from when the mine stopped being used in 1935 until the family sold it to the Crown in 1953.
Susanne Sjöberg told, on site in a rock room about 400 meters in, about her research on biological processes that create minerals in the mine tunnel.

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Two exciting stories about Ytterby Mine

Hi everyone! On Sunday August 28 at 11:00 we invite you to two events around the mine, which we think will be very interesting. At 11.00, up at the bailiff’s office (above the stairs up to the mine), Bengt Sandell will answer questions about when the mine was sold to the Crown in 1953. Bengt […]

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Greetings from the Ytterby Mining Association

Hi everyone! We have made it a little way into a new year, and it is time to renew the membership in the Ytterby Gruva Association by paying the annual fee, SEK 250. It must be deposited into the association’s bank account in SEB, clearing no. 5330, account no. 1014380. It’s easy to forget, so […]

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