The Last Family Portrait: The Polhills & A Lost Generation

The Past on Glass photographic collection dates between 1904-1918, and portraits from it depict lives on the verge, or in the midst of, vast change. The single group portrait we have of the Polhill family, taken in December 1910, was one of those glass plate negatives repaired by our conservator, and digitised in the second…

‘A person of considerable charm, not always kept under control’: Martha Dicey & The Hardwicke Marriage Act

What is the connection between the (now migrated) great Gates of Carshalton Park and the 1753 Hardwicke Marriage Act? No, its not a trick question… in another post designed to delve deeper into some of the names and stories reflected in Sutton Archives collections, today’s blog comes from local historian Andrew Skelton whose ongoing research…

A House Through the Ages: The Hilton, Sutton – Episode 3: ‘A Retired Sea-Captain…’

Today’s post continues the story of ‘The Hilton’, and the lives of those that lived there through time.  In Episode 3, Clive looks back to the first occupant of the house, which was situated on Benhill Road in Sutton from 1876… Episode 3: A retired sea-captain comes to Sutton by Clive Orton If I had…

Writing on Glass: ‘Portrait of a library archivist’ by Roger Halton

In these times of social distancing many of us will be filling our evenings by trying a new hobby from home – perhaps having a go at that novel at last! In 2018, Sutton Archives collaborated with Sutton Writers to produce a beautiful volume of fictional work, based on the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection. Today,…

The Locals: Diaries

Originally posted on Whitehall Historic House:
Have you been documenting your experiences of life during the COVID-19 outbreak, or of self-isolating, home-schooling, time with family, working from home, food shortages or social distancing? Many of us will be recording our thoughts in this unprecedented time, either as a means of making sense of the experience,…