Bigger Collection

Bigger Collection

Francis Joseph Bigger was a highly successful solicitor, pioneering archaeologist, writer and promoter of all aspects of Irish culture from language to architecture. National Museums Northern Ireland holds collections of his photographs, scrapbooks and objects from his home. This is the first installment of the Bigger collection concentrating on photographs of fishing in Ardglass, County Down in the early 20th century. 

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subject : Fishing boat crew bringing herring nets from hold. [shooting train]. date : mid 1920s;condition : good....

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Photographic negative

Photographic negative showing three costumed pipers posing in front of banner inscribed 'O Niall' and carrying a red hand. More banners held by the cr...

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subject : Sprit sailed Lough Neagh dinghy with sails and oars showing approaching jetty. Nets piled amidships.. date : mid 1920s;condition : good....

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subject : Panaramic view of Ardglass harbour with herring fleet at quayside and barrels of herring. Boats shown include steam drifter, Cornish nickie ...

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Photographic negative

subject : black and white photograph of profile portrait of 'Blind' John Mitchell;Condition : good...

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Photographic negative

subject : view of Maidens Lighthouse, keeper's house and island;Condition : good...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Subject : view of hurley player in shorts and striped vest standing in front of crowd of men and boys in caps standing behind wire-netting fence; from...

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Photographic negative showing a parade of lambeg drummers with banner of RBP No.925, 1903....

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Photographic negative

subject : crew of herring fishing boat shooting train of nets; from series 'Boats for Down, Ardglass, Kilclief';Condition : good...

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subject : Fishing lugger reg. no. B.194 in Ardglass harbour with sails up and six man crew on board. date : mid 1920s;condition : good....

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subject : man in patched clothes beside small gate [ballad singer];condition : good....

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subject : Procession from Cushendall to Waterfoot, passing under Red Arch. Ruins of Red Bay Castle in background. Part of 1904 Glens' Feis. Original p...

Photographic print

Photographic print

subject : fishing boat [nobby] in full sail at sea...

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Subject : woman drawing water....

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subject : group of men and women with sacks;condition : good....

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subject : steam threshing; full view. Men pitching sheaves from two carts to woman and three men on top of thresher; boy loading sacks of grain on to ...

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subject : man pumping up tyre of motor car, reg. no. IJ 82, while two other men look on. See BIG.32;condition : good....

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subject : two blacksmiths in forge;condition : good....

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subject : Crowd of men, women and children crossing River Dall by plank bridge. Wheeled stalls with white canopies seen against backdrop of houses and...

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subject : fishing boats in harbour;condition : good....

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Subject: Girl dancer in white dress performing on platform at Glens Feis, 1906. Published in 'O Maybe it was Yesterday', p.40. date : 1906 Dancer is C...

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subject : hurley match in play. date : 1906;condition : good....

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subject : Group of men on beach behind beached yawl. Two beachedsailing ships to rear, with mooring chain to one in foreground....

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subject : Man making ridges in field with Glens of Antrim behind. See BIG.0035;condition : good....

Photographic Print : Photograph album

Photographic Print : Photograph album

subject : study of two women in traditional dress carrying straw shopping bags and umbrellas, and man in soft hat, dark suit and waistcoat. Pasted int...

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subject : full lenght portrait of shawled woman carrying rosary beads outside church....

Photograph Album

Photograph Album

Album of 48 photographs relating to F. J. Bigger; photographs documented at Y10535-10673; inscription inside front cover note 'photos by Frederick Big...

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subject : men hauling nets on to fishing boat;condition : good....

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subject : costumed piper playing in doorway of big house....

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Subject : two monks taking to sea in open boat....

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Photographic negative showing costumed pipers and drummer on hurley field, 1906....

Photographic print

Photographic print

subject: view of standing man, head to front, playing uillean pipes; see Y:10224, prvnum 1046 and B.225;Condition : good...

Photographic negative

Photographic negative

subject : view of Garron Tower and grounds showing two women and man posing at cannon. date : 1898;Condition : good...

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subject : Crowded scene at first Glens' Feis, showing decorated marquees and side of building called Holden's Hall (in Big.0050). date : 1904....

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Subject : barefoot boy in lane holding stick....

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subject : view of main street Larne, showing Lester's English Hotel, Crawford's, and premises of John Crawford, Wine Merchant, with barrels in road, c...

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Photographic negative

subject : black and white photograph of miniature painting of Francis McCracken family; annotated F. J. Bigger 108 return negative to R. Welch;Conditi...

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subject : Band of pipers and base drummer leading hurley team onto pitch.. date : 1906;condition : good....

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

subject : two blacksmiths standing outside forge; swing plough in foreground, hoop for wheel and front of wheel plough showing at left-hand side. date...

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subject : long shot of crowd of people under umbrellas with banner in their midst. Group of hurley players look on at front of crowd. date : 1906....

Photographic Print : Photograph album

Photographic Print : Photograph album

subject : Young fiddle player in local dress. Pasted into the front of this album are various articles referring to a visit by Bigger and three collea...

Photographic negative

Photographic negative

subject : view of Larne Bonded Stores showing Excise Special Duty Free Warehouse with workers and barrels outside;Condition : good...

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Photographic negative

subject : view in detail of Larne gravel. date : 1898;Condition : good...

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subject : Belfat registered nobby, B.267, entering Ardglass harbour. date : mid 1920s;condition : good....

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subject : man and woman standing at door of thatched two bay, one- storey house. Sign over left-hand window reads 'Mrs M Neill. Licensed to sell tobac...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Subject : study of standing youth against whitewashed wall...

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subject : Sprit sailed Lough Neagh dinghy with sails and oars showing.. date : mid 1920s;condition : good....

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subject : Group of men and youths standing beside a banner marked 'Feit na nGleann' and 'Erin go brat'. Bicycle leaning against metal rod fence with t...

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subject : man smoking pipe standing against wall beside bundle of sally rods....

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subject :man wearting tweed trousers, boots, woollen gaiters and shirt and tie with crowd of men to rear behind wire mesh fence. Glens Feis;Condition ...

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