Band of Brothers: The Ainger Brothers of Epsom

Today’s blog was written by one of our project volunteers, Clive Orton.  Clive has been volunteering for the project for a little while now, cleaning, cataloguing and scanning the plates but The Ainger Brothers have been the first sitters he has attempted to research for us.  It can be a little demoralising when you first begin, to hit brick…

“He Did his Duty” – Frederic George Davis – The Banstead War Memorial Project

Today’s blog comes to us from James Crouch of the Banstead War Memorial Project. James’ work featured on the blog just after Christmas and we are pleased to have found additional cross-overs between our work. James contacted us having recognised the faces of two brothers among our Flickr feed. Using Flickr as a platform for displaying…

Volunteering: Tracking down The Marquis de Soveral

We often find that our volunteers have overlapping interests. It was a coincidence but not a surprise to find that two of our number also volunteer for a local National Trust property, Polesden Lacey was originally a Regency property but was extensively remodelled in 1906 by Margaret Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. It enjoyed a heyday…

“When I grow up, I want to be a little boy…”(unknown): Lionel Hope & Douglas Raymond Way.

Given that the famous Brock’s Fireworks factory was active in Sutton during the years of Knights-Whittome’s business, we were hopeful that we might have found an image of someone linked to the factory to offer us a firework related subject for today’s post, but alas, none of our research to date has brought up anything relevant. Instead, today’s subjects were selected because it…