Our story

We researchers know: History has always been sexy!

Problem: This is not so clear to everyone else.

Our mission: Spread the knowledge about historic research in a modern and encapsulating way.

The idea of founding Memorandum surfaced for the first time during the spring 2017. We had been discussing the difficulty of spreading the knowledge about how cool history really is in and from the academic world. With our own research projects we would be likely to reach mostly people who already were convinced a.k.a other scientists. That is why we decided to found a company that combines historical consulting services, research and encapsulating experiences.

We find it very important that high quality historical research is easily available to everyone. During this day and age of misinformation and fake medias this becomes ever more important. At the same time we want to give historic research a face lift and do it in a modern way that allows people to experience and explore the past in modern ways. So, forget the endless lists of dates and years! We bring you fascinating stories about the people, phenomenons and the tiniest details about the past. Memorandum also demonstrates how the past is always in the present. History can bring you surprises and widen your horizons!

We at Memorandum put customer needs and wishes first. We will ask you what is it that you need, be it a history book, mobile application, lecture or a guided tour to a historic site or a simple fact check. We will customize the project to your needs and deliver you a high quality, modern product. No research is too big, no history is too small.

 

Elina

I have grown up surrounded by history and stories. My grandmother used to tell me stories about her childhood during the war  (the Winter war 1939-1940  and Continuation war 1940-1944) even before I went to school. I remember how even back then old things fascinated me. Books were ever present at our house and my parents and grandparents read a lot and me and my siblings were read to. I myself went through all the historic novels at our local library in my pre-teens. I still vividly recall the moment I realized that history would be my thing. I was eleven at the time and found an old history book in the school library. I just happened to open it on a page where the human sacrifice the Native cultures in Middle America practiced during Pre-Columbian times was discussed. There was a drawing from a chronicle compiled around the time of colonization that showed bloody hearts and mutilated humans scattered on the steps of a pyramid. My instant reaction was “Gross! What is happening here?” Ever since my passion has been to discover the hidden secrets of the past and what lies behind human behavior.

mutilated humans

In school I did all the projects I possibly could on historical matters. The Native American cultures and prehistory in general have always been closest to my heart. After high school I ended up majoring in Archaeology at the University of Turku. I also spent a year at the University of Washington in Seattle focusing on American Indian studies. During my student years I met Juha and we have been discussing different business ideas for more than 15 years now! Later on I decided to widen my expertise and completed a BA in restoration at the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. I have a varied work history and have worked as a researcher at universities, as an administrator, a museum worker, archaeologist and am currently a doctorate student at the department of Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä. I have experience in conservation and collection management, building exhibitions, and lecturing.

Stories, people and human experiences have always enchanted me. With history there is always a certain explorer mentality to it as well: through historic research you get to access a foreign place and time. Occasionally you get to discover something that has never been seen before. It is inspiring to find tiny little clues and  put together the pieces of an event or a place in time. You could easily say that archaeologists are detectives: from little fragments we compile a big picture. I have also always wanted to really understand how things are made. My belief is that by making something you can understand it on a much deeper level than just by looking at it. That is why I have learned many traditional techniques from curing fish skins to wood working,  plant dyes, constructing weaponry and making traditional Finnish rye bread among others.

 

Juha

I have always been interested in history. Unlike many of my colleagues at the university, I did not read historical books and novels as a child, instead I watched historic documentaries on TV. I recall one about the Silk Road to China especially well. In the documentary they traveled the historic trade route from Xi’an, China to the Middle East and eventually to Europe. Despite the slow narration the series had to be popular since Yle (the Finnish public broadcasting company) has shown the show six times between 1984 and 2016.

Silk road

After high school I was faced with the difficult question: what now? History seemed like a safe choice, so I majored in Finnish history. I met my wife and Elina during my years as a history student. We have been pondering starting a company to bring historical experiences to people with history ever since that time. At the moment I’m close to defending my Doctoral dissertation in Finnish history. In my thesis I study information transmission in the Finnish cutlery industry during the 19th century.

In history I have always been interested about the relationship between the past and the present. Maybe that is the reason for my interest in the Finnish history during the 19th and 20th centuries, for it is quite easy to still see the effects of the events and phenomenons of those time periods in the current world. The industrialization and modernization of Finland has always  been intriguing to me: in little more than a century we have developed from a nearly completely agrarian society into a modern information society. My interest in industrial history comes probably from my childhood: my grandparents lived in Varkaus right next to the factory buildings.

Varkaus