Bread from rock and spirit of Stril

An exhibition about a way of living

The fisherman farmer was not a person, but a way of living. Food and income were mainly provided from fishing and agriculture. Harvesting from both sea and land instead of just one of these, made it easier to get by.

The fisherman farmer’s life was governed by the seasons. Taking care of the land and the livestock was the main focus in spring, summer and early autumn. Fields were dug up after laying unused since the fall. Manure had to be spread across the meadows. Fences had to be mended. In the summer it was haymaking that provided food for the animals through the winter. The grass had to be dried and transported to the barn as food for livestock. In the autumn the corn had to come indoors, as well as the vegetables, and the livestock was slaughtered. The bright spring and summer evenings could be spent fishing, but it was autumn and winter that was the most important time for fishing. The herring fishery in winter and early spring was undoubtably of most importance.

The family constituted a working community, but each had their own specific tasks. Women and girls had often the main responsibility for the garden, whereas men and boys could be gone for weeks on herring fishing. The children could get working tools adapted depending on how old they were, but there was always a little time to play as well.

The fisherman farmer’s  life in North and Middle Hordland is presented through artefacts and photography, collected through 70 years.