Jönköping County museum closes its exhibitions until May 2012 because of a need to sanitize the facilities due to silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) aka fishmoths, carpet sharks or paramites. Silver fish are small, wingless insects who live on a diet of carbohydrates such as starches – not all that great in a museum. Especially not one with plenty of art in their collection – among them a nice collection of local artist John Bauer (1882-1918) – known among other things for his great images of trolls, goblins, princesses and fairies etc.
To prevent future problems better ventilations will be installed to ensure the collections. In the meantime the museum will exhibit elsewhere in the County and so perhaps reach new audiences. As the asying goes; There’s nothing bad that does not bring any good.
Illustration from Walter Stenström’s The boy and the trolls or The Adventure in childrens’ anthology Among pixies and trolls, a collection of childrens’ stories, 1915 ( picture from Wikipedia). In this picture the Trolls watches princess Tuvstarr by Johan Bauer.