Fieldwork on Prangli Island 2008–2009

Harju County Museum’s field work on Prangli Island was conducted in cooperation with the students of Tartu University and Tallinn University. Both the locals and summer tourists were interviewed in Prangli, the current life in Prangli was photographed and filmed: the people, objects and family albums, nature, fishing, bringing goods to the store, cultural life, and the church service. The collected material is conserved in Harju County Museum.

The fieldwork was the basis for the 2010 exhibition ‘Kõik on trois’. In 2011, the museum published the print ‘Studies on Harju County 8. The Prangli Collection’, which introduces the results of three years’ worth of fieldwork and other works of Prangli-researchers. Managing the fieldwork and making the exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Culture within the program ‘The Traditional Culture of the Islands 2008–2010’.

Rural architecture project HELTH 2010–2013

The aim of project HELTH (Healthy and Energy-efficient Living in Traditional Rural Houses) was conserving traditional rural architecture and landscape. The project was carried out in 2010–2013 and it was funded by the European Territorial Cooperation program Central Baltic Interreg IV A. The focus of the research was the inner climate of old farmhouses – temperature changes and humidity. Solutions were developed for renovating houses used periodically and year-round to prolong their longevity. The leading partner of the program was the Estonian Open Air Museum, and partners Harju County Museum, Tallinn University of Technology, Helsinki Aalto University, and Gotland University. Project home page:

The Small Producers of Harju County 2015–2017

This is a contemporary collection program that also studies and maps the small entrepreneurs of Harju County. The aim is to enhance the collections with objects, photos, and archive materials; to conduct interviews with different small producers by focusing on questions concerning the production process, marketing, and branding. The main focus are the personal stories of the small producers, the organization’s formation stories, the creative process and, of course, experiments with products – failures and successes.