Projecting the Past: Somme Commemorations in Sutton

Recently we had the honour of being involved in the Borough’s Somme commemorations. A creative team made up of projectionist and video editor Kieron Brannan coordinated by Samia Tassio of SamiArt, took images of WW1 soldiers from our glass plate collection to create a poignant and moving slideshow of soldiers that was projected onto the facade of St Helier Hospital in Carshalton to commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The soldiers from the Knights-Whittome collection are a mixture of local men and men posted to the Woodcote camp in Epsom.  Because Knights-Whittome also had commercial premises in Epsom, many of these visited the studio and we know that Knights-Whittome even visited the camp itself on occasion to photograph events.

The projection was a great success, with a fabulous public turn out despite the weather. Today’s post offers some photos from the event, all taken by professional photographer Jamen Percy.  Images of soldiers from the slideshow can be seen on our Flickr site or by visiting our exhibition currently on show at the Europa Gallery, Sutton Central Library, until 28 Aug 2016.

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