Nicky Bird

Archaeology for the Ordinary

Archaeology of the Ordinary (2011)

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?

Archaeology of the Ordinary: The Site, Papple Cottages, East Lothian, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: No 7 Papple Cottage, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: A wooden partition moves across two sites, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: A wooden partition, No 7 Papple Cottage / Peter Potter Gallery, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: No 7 Papple Cottage, 'John Goonan and P Needham, Two Good Bed Mates,'2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: War Horse Tobacco Bar label, No 5 Papple Cottage / Peter Potter Gallery, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary: Spail (Potato) basket, No 5 Papple Cottage / Peter Potter Gallery, 2011

Archaeology of the Ordinary, 2011: 'We left Papple Farm, Thursday 30th September 1954, K Boyle.'


epublication coming soon

Photographs of Irish couples are from the Gordon Collection, Courtesy of East Lothian Council Archives & Records Management Service