Philip Mighell and Croydon Airport

Today’s post is written by one of our dedicated Volunteers, Colin, who was researching the history of Manor Farm in Hilliers Lane, Beddington. It had been occupied by the Mighell family (pronounced “Myall”) and two residents, both called Philip Mighell, had remarkable stories – tragic and heroic – that illustrate much about the development of …

Making (Re)Connections: The Life of Florrie Purnell

With a few months worth of reflection under our belts, it is wonderful to look back on some of the work that the Past on Glass project has achieved. It is something we do with a real sense of pride. Perhaps nothing makes the experience more worthwhile however, than when we are contacted by a…

Treasure in a skip

As digitising our main collection of plates has slowly but surely come to an end, we have lastly come to look at a lovely surprise we were gifted with earlier in the year, thanks to Rob Williams and Janet Rice. Below they have kindly put together an introduction to the plates and their history… We are…

What Became of These Likely Lads?

This week marks the return of London Writers Week, a celebration of new writing in the UK, and also 106 years since a particular David Knights-Whittome photograph was taken of the Carshalton Convent School boys. An unlikely connection it may seem! However, as you may know, over the last year we are proud to have…

Reflections on the Year…

  With the New Year fast approaching most of us will be looking to make some new resolutions.  While we can’t profess to have been as angelic as Marcia Hanbury (photographed here by Knights-Whittome c.1906), here at the project we feel overall very proud of our achievements this last year… With almost three and a…