Part of the Peter Potter Gallery’s Lost Landscapes programme in 2011, this project took up the theme of farmers, their family history, and the role played by migrant workers in East Lothian.
The inspiration came from Archaeologists David Connolly and Maggie Struckmeier. They had discovered hand written messages of Irish people from the early 1950s on the walls of a group of derelict cottages. As these cottages were about to undergo major refurbishment, how could artists, archaeologists and local people come together to investigate the importance of an Archaeology of the Ordinary?
Photographs of Irish couples are from the Gordon Collection, Courtesy of East Lothian Council Archives & Records Management Service