Development of the Ethnographic collection started in 1984.
Having begun with first 28 items that were a gift from Primary school Šumadijski partizani, the collection has grown to include over 1,000 items today covering all aspects of traditional life culture of both rural and urban population in this part of Šumadija.
Apart from the rural and urban household items, traditional clothing, tools and devices, social life… a significant place in the collection belongs to the items made by craftworks in Arandjelovac.
The ethnographic collection has been divided into smaller collection according to the type of material (wood, metal, ceramics, textile, paper) and the crafts and non-material culture have been specially separated.
In the last few years, the research of music heritage began as the part of broader context of collecting the non-material culture remains. As a result, Fonoteka (en. a music library) in our Museum already has more than 5 hours of traditional singing.
A dominant manner of collecting ethnographic cultural goods is an act of gifting to such an extent that the ethnographic collection represents a real gift-collection. That is another reason why our Museum is immensely grateful to the citizens of municipalities Arandjelovac and Topola.
Text prepared by: Miroslav Stefanović, a curator-ethnologist