Photo above: “Guten” (“The boy”) listed in the protocol: The museum’s oldest protocol dates back to 1907. Object number one is “A carved boy, stood on top of the fire department’s old storage shed at Lahellen." [translated]. The figure was placed on top of the shed that once stood by the Egersund church.
The item collection today consists of about 50 000 objects. Among other things, it reflects how people in Dalane lived and worked through objects related to domestic life, agriculture, practical and artisanal handicrafts. We constantly add new items at DigitaltMuseum, where you can search for and read about them.
The biggest part of the collection reflects life in rural areas and at the farm, but urban environments are also represented. The items are mainly from the 1700s and 1800s, but there are exceptions: one example is the museum’s collection of church art, dating from the first half of the 17th century. In recent times, the item collection has been expanded by adding objects from our near past, mainly connected to the categories “domestic life” and “occupations”.
The museum archive mainly consists of private archives from local businesses, local organisational activities and non-governmental organisations. There is also a lot of historical and memorial material available, as well as local stories and legends, and information regarding local words and expressions.