Social Programme

The social programme for the Metal 2022 Conference; Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, Poster Session, Farewell Reception and Tours and Daytrips.
Kettle, copper and iron. KM2487:13
Kettle, copper and iron. KM2487:13
Header image: KM2487:13
Kettle, copper and iron
1200–1300, Karelian Crusade Period
Deposited in a grave with a male inhumation burial.
Picture: Conservation Division, National Museum of Finland

Lunches and Coffee Breaks

The Myllysali hall, located in the same building as the conference’s sessions, has been booked in connection with the Tenaille von Fersen hall, allowing for a comfortable setting for coffee breaks and lunches during the conference.

Lunch will be served individually packed in ecological materials, which will minimise waiting times and will allow attendees to choose where to enjoy it; be it the Myllysali hall, the Tenaille von Fersen hall, or outdoors while exploring the many interesting sights the island has to offer.

Moving between the two halls is easy through the connecting Korppukuivaamo corridor.

Coffee and lunch service will be provided by Suomenlinna Brewery, with the menu consisting of Finnish traditional cuisine with a green twist. Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided.

Myllysali Hall
Myllysali Hall, image by Suomenlinnan Hoitokunta

Welcome Reception

September 5th
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki
(walking distance from the ferry to the conference venue)

The Welcome reception will be held at the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, which was first established as Hotel Seurahuone in 1833 and designed by German-born achitect Carl Ludvig Engel. The hotel closed in 1913 and the building was officially inaugurated as the Helsinki City Hall in 1932. 

The Banquet Hall room was designed by Hampus Dahlström, and later expanded by Bruno Granholm. There have been many concerts, balls, receptions and other events under the crystal chandeliers over the years, often honouring invited guests. The Banquet Hall also has the distinction of having hosted several premiere performances of works from famous Finnish composers, such as The Wood Nymph by the master composer Jean Sibelius. The first cinema performance in Finland also took place in the Banquet Hall in 1896. These days, the Banquet Hall at the Helsinki City Hall remains one of the city’s top venues for social receptions. 

The Welcome reception will include a light show by Belenos Group of Arts, a Flow arts -based fire and light show group from Helsinki, and pioneers of light shows in Finland, as well as cocktail-style hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  

the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, by Helsinki Convention Bureau
The Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, image by Helsinki Convention Bureau

Conference Dinner

Ticketed Event 100 €

September 6th
Kartanonlenkki 56, Mäntsälä
(transportation provided by Metal2022)

The conference dinner will take place in the Manor of Hirvihaara, in Mäntsälä (ca. 1 hour drive from Helsinki). Originally, the Manor of Hirvihaara was built as the private home of wealthy engineer Herman Holmberg who, in 1878, moved from Helsinki to Hirvihaara with his family. The main building was completed in 1918 by renowned architect Jarl Eklund. The gardens were designed by one of the most influential garden designers of his time, Paul Olsson. During its history the Manor has served as a private home, field hospital and an old people’s home.

Dinner will be served at the one-of-a-kind Glass Pavilion of the manor, sporting iron grids reminiscent of European mansion greenhouses from the turn-of-the-century.

Hirvihaara Manor House and Glass Pavilion
Hirvihaara Manor House and Glass Pavilion, image by Hotel Hirvihaaran Kartano

Poster Session

September 8th
Sofiankatu 4 C, Helsinki
(walking distance from the ferry to the conference venue, transportation for those attending the Tour of the Metropolia School of Conservation provided by Metal 2022)

The Poster session will be held at the Sonck Hall of the Kiseleff House, which is located by the Senate Square and close to the ferry to the conference venue. The northern wing of the Kiseleff House was originally built in 1772-1778 by Johan Sederholm, but the current façade and rest of the building were built by Carl Ludvig Engel in 1818. In 1879 the house was bought by the department store Stockmann, and Lars Sonck designed its store hall in 1911 – 1912. The building housed Stockmann’s department store until 1930, when Stockmann’s current building was completed.  

Cocktail-style hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the poster session.  

Sonck Hall, Credits: Ossi Nyqvist
Sonck Hall, image by Ossi Nyqvist

Farewell Reception

September 9th
Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki
(same location as the Tour of the National Museum)

The Farewell reception will be held at the entrance hall of the National Museum of Finland, which was designed by the renown Finnish architect company Geselius, Lindgren and Saarinen and built between 1905 and 1910. The appearance of the building reflects Finland’s medieval churches and castles. 

The Museum’s entrance hall, where the Farewell reception’s catering will be served, is decorated with ceiling frescoes painted by Finnish artist Akseli Gallén-Kallela in 1928, depicting scenes from the Finnish National epic Kalevala. These frescoes are based on the ones painted by said artist for the Finnish Pavilion of the Paris World Fair in 1900. 

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served during the event, and you will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibitions currently on display in the National Museum of Finland. 

The Exterior of the National Museum of Finland
The exterior of the National Museum of Finland, image by the National Museum of Finland

Tours and Daytrips

September 10th
More detailed information will be sent by email to those who book the tours

Day trip in Medieval Häme

The Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna and the Holy Cross Church in Hattula

Day trip for max 33 persons 

Duration: 9:00 – 17:30 (ETA)

Starts from: Senate Square (Senaatintori), Helsinki. 

Price: € 90 

Included in the price: transportation from and to Helsinki, guided tours and lunch.  

Additional info: A member of the Metal2022 organising team will accompany the group during the whole trip. 

Accessibility: not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable shoes required (cobblestones) 

Three images: 1. The Häme Castle seen from the river.  2. The Holy Cross Church and Bell Tower in Hattula by Fredrik Georg Runeberg / Historical Picture Collection, Finnish Heritage Agency.   3. Wall paintings in the Holy Cross Church in Hattula by P.O. Welin/ Historical Picture Collection, Finnish Heritage Agency. 
1. The Häme Castle seen from the river. 
2. The Holy Cross Church and Bell Tower in Hattula by Fredrik Georg Runeberg / Historical Picture Collection, Finnish Heritage Agency.  
3. Wall paintings in the Holy Cross Church in Hattula by P.O. Welin/ Historical Picture Collection, Finnish Heritage Agency. 

This post conference day trip will take you first to the Häme Castle, the oldest parts of which date back to the end of 13th century. Over the course of its existence, it has served as a military fortress, home for Swedish nobility, a prison and is currently a museum operated by the National Museum of Finland.

After a guided tour of the Castle and lunch at the Castle Restaurant, we will continue our trip to visit another remnant of the medieval times in the region: the Holy Cross Church of Hattula. Its inner walls are covered in paintings of saints and biblical scenes from the beginning of 16th century.

During our return trip to Helsinki we will make a pit stop at the Ullan Pakari bakery/restaurant in Riihimäki, where you can buy home-made local bakery products or have a cup of coffee.  

Maritime Centre Vellamo/Maritime Museum of Finland and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Day trip for max 33 persons 

Duration: 9:00 – 18:00 (ETA) 

Starts from: Senate Square (Senaatintori), Helsinki. 

Price: € 95 

Included in the price: transportation from and to Helsinki, guided tours, lunch and afternoon coffee/tea.  

Additional info: A member of the Metal2022 organising team will accompany the group during the whole trip. 

Accessibility: not wheelchair accessible.

Three images: 1. The Maritime Centre Vellamo 2. The icebreaker Tarmo, built in 1907 3. The Imperial Fishing Lodge Images: Finnish Heritage Agency. 
1. The Maritime Centre Vellamo
2. The icebreaker Tarmo, built in 1907
3. The Imperial Fishing Lodge
Images: Finnish Heritage Agency. 

This post conference day trip will begin with a visit to The Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, which showcases the vast maritime history of the Finnish waters in an international context. Among others, exhibitions include stories of the exceptionally well-preserved shipwrecks of The Baltic Sea and special challenges that winter causes in seafaring.

The visit will start with a guided tour of the icebreaker Tarmo (1907), which remains one of the most popular attractions of the museum. Brunch with a sea view will be provided at the centre’s restaurant Laakonki, after which it will be possible to visit the centre’s other exhibitions independently.

The second half of the day trip will be spent at the Imperial Fishing Lodge of Langinkoski. Russian Emperor Alexander III visited the Kymijoki estuary in Langinkoski in the late 19th century, fell in love with the place, and had a fishing lodge built there. The fishing hut now serves as a museum. 

Close by, there’s also a small chapel, and fishing-related buildings. After a guided tour of the fishing lodge afternoon coffee/tea with tasty blueberry pie will be served in Langinkoski’s cafeteria Café Dagmar.  

Other Sites of Interest 

You may also wish to explore other sites of cultural significance within easy access from Helsinki. You will be allowed entry to the following sites free of charge, by showing your conference badge.  

Please note, that transport to these sites will not be provided by Metal 2022. 

Seurasaari Open-Air Museum – Open-Air Museum in Helsinki, opened in 1909

Tamminiemi – Presidential residence (1940 – 1981) and historic house Museum

Hvitträsk – Studio home of renown Finnish architects Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen, completed in 1903