What were Irish farmhouses like in the 19th century? Did they differ in different parts of the country? How did people decorate them? What do they tell us of life in those days?
These are some of the issues that will be addressed in a free public lecture in NUI Galway entitled The Art and Archaeology of the 19th Century Farmhouse Interior.
The lecture will be given by Professor Charles E Orser jr and will take place on Monday in the university’s Moore Institute at 4pm.
Prof Orser is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University and curator of historical archaeology at the New York State Museum. He has also served as an adjunct professor at NUIG.
He is an historical archaeologist who uses anthropology and archaeology to investigate the lives of men and women, often ignored by official written history, and their interactions with people of power.
Prof Orser’s textbooks are used to train archaeologists in many countries and he has carried out fieldwork in Latin America, the US, and Ireland. For more than a decade his field research has focused on the west of Ireland in the 19th century