Photos from the archive

Discover GIH's old treasure trove of images! In our archive there are photographs from physical education around the turn of the last century. The location is the old premises of the Central Institute of Gymnastics on Hamngatan in Stockholm.

Historisk bild av män som gör gymnastiska övningar

Digitized photographs

The photographs are digitized and posted on Wikimedia Commons. They are free to use because the copyright has expired. If you use the images, please state "Source: Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences Library".

More Historical Images

Here are tips on more historical images in gymnastics and sports.

Parts of the image archive of the Swedish Central Association for the Promotion of Sports are digitized on the web. Search or browse sports or championships. Among other things, there are pictures from the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm Stadium.

Here you will find photos and objects from the collections of Swedish museums. For example, search for "sports" or something more specific like "gymnastics" or "skiing."

The City Museum in Stockholm has picture collections that have a lot to discover. For example, search for "gymnastics" or "football".

Institut National du Sport et de l'Education Physique i Paris har en stor mängd historiska idrottsbilder. För att söka bland bilderna behöver du skriva in sökordet på franska.

More historical images in the field of sports can be found in the archives of the Swedish Sports Confederation ( and at the National Archives

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Last modified:21 Nov 2023