‘Still bombing us but still here’ – Notes From Winnie’s Diary

Today’s post is written by one of our dedicated Volunteers, Margaret, who became involved with the project when she stumbled upon a portrait of her Great Aunt, Winifred Lilian Garman, amongst our collection. Upon discovering the Past on Glass project Margaret has since been a keen Negative Digitiser and Researcher and is today bringing us…

‘Baby Sparenborg’, an enemy alien in WW1 Britain?

Today’s post is written by our volunteer Elizabeth, who was inspired to research 4 plates titled ‘baby Sparenborg’, and unravel the lost story of a British family with German origins, living in England during WW1. It is often impossible to tell how the sitters came to have their photographs taken, and this is a key…

Ellen Munday: Life as an independent servant

Research today, comes from our wonderful volunteer Elizabeth, who has worked hard to track down information about a lady from the collection, Ellen Munday, as well as the family for whom she worked for during the time the photograph was taken.  The story leaves many questions still to be answered but certainly gives a fascinating…

Conserving the Collection – Multi Spectral Imaging Microscopy

Following on from Emma Bonson’s blog last week on using X-Ray to investigate blocked plates,  Ellie Pierce, a conservation student at the University of Lincoln, continues our conservation series by telling us about her experience of using a Multi Spectral Imaging Microscope to investigate the plates. Thanks to Ellie for today’s piece… On Monday the…

Conserving the Collection: Blocked Negatives and Investigation Techniques

Today’s post comes from Emma Bonson, one of our wonderful conservation team and is a follow on piece to one written by Sarah Allen back in July about delaminating emulsion on our glass plates. We’ve been very lucky to work with Sarah and Emma who have bent over backwards to try and solve some of…