Descendants is the title of my ongoing series of artworks about Mayfield, Dalkeith, in Midlothian and its surrounding villages and countryside.

I am mapping my connections to people and place, exploring what it means to be working class having grown up within this post industrial mining landscape, set within a county that has had continuous human occupation spanning thousands of years through antiquity into the industrial revolution to the present.


I have begun mapping the scheduled monuments in Mayfield and its immediate surroundings; mesolithic standing stones, neolithic enclosures, Roman forts and settlements.


I am mapping my family's genealogical records over the centuries, researching their occupations and what their homes and living conditions were like, and mapping these as geographical locations onto ordnance survey maps. I am researching old county maps of Edinburghshire and Lothian coalfield mapping of the twentieth century and earlier.


The geology of the county and the formation of the land, particularly the carboniferous period, forms part of my ongoing research, as these are the plants which eventually became the coal my family mined for generations.








My installations below, map the locations within Midlothian where my Great Grandfather lived and worked, alongside a memory map of where I have lived and the special places in my memory in Midlothian.

I plot a chronological timeline through his life and mine, from past to most recent, mapping the places we had lived and connect these geographically in order, following the threads of memory and location as concerned with specific place.

I am interested in the overlay of both our lived locations, within the Parish of Newbattle, born nearly a hundred years apart.

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