Ryfylkemuseet manages approximately 90 buildings and two antiquarian boats, Rogaland County’s largest collection of such buildings. The collection ranges widely with regard to age, social relationship, usage and construction techniques, and forms an important source of knowledge about building techniques and how the buildings were used and lived in in Ryfylke. Ryfylkemuseet has worked for years to document local building techniques and the craftsmanship behind them. The museum also has a responsibility for protecting the craftsmanship and the immaterial cultural heritage linked with this. It works on restoring and spreading knowledge of the old traditional building crafts to ensure that the quality of work means the buildings are authentic objects of reference for the local building Heritage.
LOCAL TRADITIONAL BUILDING NETWORK
Much knowledge about local traditional building techniques can be found in written sources, interviews and old photographs. One can also “read” building history by studying the building and by noting marks made by usage and tools. The craft itself can only be learned by doing it and must be regenerated through use. We seize on every opportunity to learn from tradition-bearers and to create learning arenas on our building sites where our craftsmen can work alongside those who know the answers. Whenever possible, courses are arranged at such learning venues.
THE CENTER FOR BUILDING PROTECTION
Work with building protection is organized in a building department with a permanently employed antiquarian and three museum craftsmen. Ryfylkemuseet is an approved educational unit for instruction in carpentry and tries to have an apprentice working there at all times. The museum also cooperates with local schools to provide student placements in carpentry.
When working with major restoration projects where the museum’s own professional competence is inadequate, efforts are made to finance the employment of extern craftsmen.
AN ARENA FOR LEARNING FOR NTNU
Ryfylkemuseet cooperates with NTNU, the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, as an arena for practical learning in traditional crafts for BA-students. Two of the museum’s craftsmen are carrying out this course with graduation in spring 2016.
JOINT SERVICES FOR ROGALAND COUNTY
Ryfylkemuseet houses a joint building antiquarian for Rogaland’s museums. The antiquarian is part of the joint museum services which also include a photography archivist and collection managers.
THE BUILDING NETWORK
Ryfylkemuseet is the responsible institution for the National Network for Building Protection and Craftsmanship Competence in Museums, Byggnettverk (Building Network).
In this capacity, the museum has completed the following projects: