Peter Haining: The Attic Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Research notes, journals, drawings, correspondence and art projects relating to the Attic Archive Project.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Horobin began the Attic Archive Project, one of many projects, after graduating from Duncan of Journanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee with a diploma in drawing and painting in 1975. The project dates from 1980-2005 and documents three distinct decades of the artist's life under the names of Pete Horobin, Marshall Anderson and Peter Haining.

The first of these projects, the Daily Action Time Archive (DATA), was undertaken during the period 1980-1989 and reflected Horobin's involvment in the international movements of mail art and neoism. The second project, the Marshall Anderson Journals, was completed between 1990-1999 and reflected Anderson's artistic style as a mixed media artist and freelance art journalist whilst the third project, completed 2000-2005, was entitled Haining's Irish Biketour in Eire and Round N Ireland (Arts) (HIBERNIA) and reflected Haining's interest in autodidactic art practice across Ireland.

The University Archive holds records relating to Haining's DATA project and Marshall Anderson Journals project as well as various materials relating to his research into artists' unemployment across Scotland and the work he undertook for his Accsssiblity of the Art project. Haining moved from Dundee to Kirkaldy in 2012 and was known as Aitch, operating as Ae Phor.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

The artist

Other Finding Aids

Handlist available

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper, analogue and digital media

Separated Material

The Attic itself was sold in 2012, Its many varied parts are now relocated in numerous museums and collections as follows -The Museum of Childhood, EdinburghThe Museum of Communications, Burntisland, FifeKirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, FifeMcManus Museum & Art Gallery, DundeeCentral Library, DundeeDundee University ArchivesArtpool, BudapestThe Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, EdinburghThe National Library of Scotland, EdinburghThe National Irish Visual Art Library, Dublin

(information from Edinburgh College of Art blog

Conditions Governing Use

Depositor must be contacted in cases of potential commercial use/publication/commercial broadcast.

Custodial History

The material was kept in Mr Haining's home in Dundee as part of his Attic Archive Project. Originally intended to be transferred to one Archive repository in its entirety, space restrictions meant the collection had to be split and transferred to various cultural institutions in Scotland, Ireland and Hungary. Dundee University Archive and Museum Services were gifted material relating to the DATA part of the project.


Geographical Names