Articles of Association for Árnessýsla Heritage Museum

Article 1 

The museum is called Árnessýsla Heritage Museum. Its area of operation is Árnesþing. 

Article 2 

Árnessýsla Heritage Museum is owned by the Regional Committee of Árnesing bs and is based in Eyrarbakki and runs a local museum there. In addition, the museum is allowed to hold exhibitions and other activities in more places in Árnes County. 

Article 3 

The mission of the Árnessýsla Heritage Museum is to collect, record, preserve, protect and research relics of the Árnes County's settlement, cultural and business history and present them to the public. 

Emphasis should be placed on the collection and preservation of items that can be considered characteristic or have historical value for Árnessýslu. These items will be presented at the museum's exhibitions. 

Árnessýsla Heritage Museum must otherwise operate according to the provisions of the Museum Act no. 141/2011 and National Heritage Act no. 140/2011 and the regulations and rules based on that law. The museum operates according to the code of ethics of the ICOM International Association of Museums and Collectors. 


Article 4 

The District Committee of Árnesing elects three people to the Professional Council of the Árnesing Museum of Architecture and the same number of alternates at its annual spring meeting. 

Professional advice Árnessýsla Heritage Museum holds meetings as necessary and the majority of votes determines the outcome of cases at meetings. The regional committee elects the chairman of the professional council, but at the first meeting of the newly elected council, the election of a vice-chairman takes place. 


Article 5 

Professional advice Árnessýsla Heritage Museum works on behalf of the Árnesing District Committee bs. It is in charge of the regional museum, therefore sets a policy that must be reviewed every four years and deals with all matters that concern it. 

Professional advice Árnessýsla Heritage Museum drafts and approves the museum's operating and budget for each year and monitors its finances and the allocation of funds. The museum's finances are otherwise the responsibility of the curator, who takes care of its daily operations. 

Professional advice sends the regional committee for processing a work plan and a reasoned request for a financial contribution for the coming work year no later than October 1 each year. Furthermore, the professional council must send the district committee an annual report and an audited financial statement for the past year by March 1 each year. Profits from the museum's activities shall go to itself. 

The regional committee of Árnesing bs sends a letter of mission to the professional council, which specifies in more detail the tasks and working methods of the professional council. 


Article 6 

The fixed income of the regional museum is the annual contribution of the Árnesing District Committee. Other income is grants applied for, e.g. a. m. to the Museum Fund, cf. Article 22 Collection Act no. 141/2011. 

Other income may be obtained through fees for services provided and access to the museum's exhibitions. 

The local museum may not accept gifts with obligations. 


Article 7 

The curator acts on behalf of the professional council as the director of the regional museum and attends professional council meetings. The professional council appoints a museum director for five years at a time and determines his field of work. Employment conditions shall be determined by the Executive Council of the District Committee. He must have a university education and sound knowledge of museum operations. 

The curator must work according to the job description drawn up and approved by the museum's professional council. 

The museum director hires other museum staff after receiving the approval of the professional council and in accordance with the museum's approved work and budget. 


Article 8 

All belongings of the regional museum must be marked and registered and preserved in as secure a manner as possible. Museum directors are allowed to lend artefacts for exhibitions with the approval of the museum's professional council, but not abroad without the approval of the Minister of Education. 

The objects acquired by the museum may not be given or sold without the approval of its professional council. 


Article 9 

The community museum in Eyrarbakki and other exhibitions, which the museum owns or runs in cooperation with other parties, must be open to the public at certain times and for no less than three months a year. 

The museum and its activities must be introduced to students in elementary schools in consultation with school and educational authorities, either in the museum itself or in schools. 

Article 10 

Árnessýsla Heritage Museum is allowed to have a share in, undertake and take care of the operation and management of collections owned by parties other than the Árnesinga Regional Committee bs. However, such museums must fall under the role of the regional museum according to Article 3 and separate operating agreements between the parties shall be concluded in this regard, where the financial basis of such a joint venture is guaranteed. 


Article 11 

This charter is approved by the Árnesing District Committee according to the provisions of the Museum Act no. 141/2011 and enters into force as of the confirmation of the Museum Council, according to Article 10 of that law. 

If the museum is closed down, its museum value shall go to the National Museum of Iceland. 


Approved at the meeting of the Árnesing District Committee on October 17, 2013. 


Confirmed by the Museum Council