At the museum, diverse research is carried out in accordance with the museum's charter, which states: "The role of the Árnesing Museum of Architecture is to collect, record, preserve, preserve and research relics of Árnes County's settlement, cultural and business history and present them to the public." The museum's research is generally about the history of the region, however, recording and researching museum objects is time-consuming. Likewise, the museum has conducted archeological research and in recent years dedicated a special contemporary collection according to Scandinavian methodology.
The research work of Bygðasafn Árnesing consists primarily in the acquisition of additional information about museum objects and photographs - and indeed in general about the history and culture of the entire region - and the processing and storage of this information. At the same time, a lot of attention has been paid to the history of Hússin á Eyrarbakki. Studies include:
Research in relation to the registration and safekeeping of museum objects.
Research and analysis of photographs.
Research – to answer inquiries to the museum.
Research for exhibitions.
Rannsóknir á húsum og búsetulandslagi – húsakannanir.
Research on the history of the House.
Research on the history of museums.
Research by the interest and initiative of employees.
Research on specific aspects is related to the history of the region and fits within what is said about the role of the museums in the charters.
The results of research can be seen in publication work, and primarily in the publication of research reports. The documentary Húsið á Eyrarbakki by Andrés Indriðason, which was made in 2007 and shown on TV a little later, is the result of research over the past decades. Likewise, the book The House on Eyrarbakki by museum director Lýð Pálsson, which was published in 2014.
From 2004 to 2010, the Department of Archeology operated at Byggðasafn Árnesinga under the leadership of archaeologist Margrétar Hallmundsdóttir. The department's main project was the registration of archaeological remains in the Municipality of Árborg. In the spring of 2008, the museum published a progress report containing an archaeological inventory of more than half of the ancient Sandvíkur district and all the land outside the river. In addition to the registration of archaeological remains in Árborg, the Department of Archeology undertook a registration project for construction projects where archaeological remains had to be registered. The department was also involved in various collaborative projects. Archaeological registration in Árborg was suspended for over a decade, but in 2021 the municipality negotiated with the Archaeological Institute of Iceland to continue the registration. Further information on archaeological remains and archaeological registration is provided by the Southern National Archives and the Icelandic National Archives. minjastofnun.is.
Bygðasafn Árnesing has been working on contemporary preservation for several years. The SAMDOK method involves field recording rather than artifact collection. Interviews, photographs and animations are taken and recorded in the field.
The SAMDOK methodology was introduced to Icelandic collectors by Lilja Árnadóttir, head of the National Museum at the 1997 Icelandic Collectors School, which was then held in Reykjavík in Hrútafjörður. The museum's employees, both Lýður Pálsson and Linda Ásdísardóttir, have attended courses and conferences at the Nordic level on contemporary preservation. Research based on the SAMDOK method has been carried out at the museum and it has established itself well in this field.
Work was carried out on the following contemporary projects at Bygðasafn Árnesinga:
Where were you?
The project consisted of collecting earthquake stories from 2008. About 200 stories of people who experienced the earthquake on May 29, 2008 firsthand were collected. The results of the collection could be seen at an exhibition in Húsin á Eyrarbakki in the summer of 2009. The museum fund funded the project ie. processing and storage of produce, but previously the Cultural Foundation of Suðurland had sponsored an exhibition of earthquake stories.
Children's games 2009
The museum took part in a collaborative project called Children's games 2009 and aimed to study the different games of children across the country. A total of eight museums took part in this project and it started in 2008. Linda Ásdísardóttir did a field study in the fall in two schools in Árnes, Flóaskóli and the Children's School in Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri. The results resulted in a joint exhibition and literature in 2011. The project was funded by the Museum Fund. See the exhibition's website here: thjodminjasafn.is
The third contemporary research in which Bygðasafn Árnesing was involved was the project Hverarúgbrauð which started in 2008. A study was conducted on the processing of hot spring rye bread in Hveragerði with the help of three different bakers in the village. Both the craft culture and the history of thermal rye bread in this region are studied. The results of the research were shared digitally online and through an exhibition at the museum. This was part of the Nordic project Bröd i Norden, which was organized by Norsam. More museums in Iceland participated.
Braudbrunnur is the name of the project's website: braudbrunnur
and here we discussed the baking of bread in Hveragerði: braudbrunnur