Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times was a three-month online experiment led by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) with the support of the Nerve Centre during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

The programme was designed to encourage participants to have conversations with the people important to them through a series of activities that included letter writing, scrapbooking, music, cooking and family history.

After receiving a starter pack in the post, participants from all corners of Northern Ireland and border counties came together online in a dedicated online group page. Over 800 items were shared and this online exhibition contains some of the highlights.

Programme Facilitators: Laura Aguiar & Lynsey Gillespie

Guest Speaker: Bronagh McAtasney

Online Exhibition Curation & Design: Laura Aguiar

Programme Support: Jude Mullan, Paul Monk & Niall Kerr

Participants: Alex Barr | Anna Jane Gale | Anne Evans | Anne Murray | Carol Moore | Claudine Coyle | Conrad Kirkwood | James McGowan | Jenny Wilson | Joanna Fyffe | John Graham | Linda Ming | Lynne Trainor | Margaret Roberts | Martina Byrne | Oonagh Murphy | Pamela Emerson | Sue Watson | Joan Aldridge | Betty Armstrong | Barbara Bailie | Liz Beaton | Rhonda Dempsie | Deana Friel-McCartney | Kathy Jamison | Charmain Jones | Frances Kerr | Marie Loughran | Pauline Lyttle | Colette Marquess | Ann McGeown  | Brendan McConville  | Emma McKenna | Blanche O’Neill | Frank McHugh | Melanie Ward | Laney Lenox | Caóilfíonn Murphy O’Hanlon | Margaret Dunlop | Canan Kurt | Michael Little | Deirdre MacBride | Elaine Mateer | Wendy Mcguire | Ann McLaughlin | Claire Mitchell  | Lisa Rea Currie | Patricia Rodgers | Nicola Simpson | Mary Wailes | Michael Wailes Joan Hughes | Mary Robinson | Brenda Brewster

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times was delivered for the Women in the Archives strand of the Making the Future project which is supported by EU Peace IV and managed by SEUPB.