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…

The Art of Retouching – Pre-Photoshop

A recent post we published on this blog touched on the subject of Retouching Glass Plates. It’s something I promised to look at in more detail on the blog a while ago, and following a recent talk to Carshalton Photographic Society on the very subject over the summer, I’ve realised it is long overdue. A…

The Story of Hampton Lea: Uncovering Hidden Histories

Today’s post is a wonderful piece of research by our dedicated project volunteer Kathy Nichols, who has an aptitude for historical research and always seems able to find a good story among our plates. Again, it is an example of how sometimes something which has a seemingly quite indirect connection to the subject of your research, leads you down…

Beryl La Fargue – A Girl from a Quiet Family

Today’s post comes from one of our regular contributors. Kathy Nichols has been volunteering with the project since we started in 2014.  As well as being an integral part of the team that scans and catalogues the collection, she has also successfully researched many of our sitters and subjects and has also acted as a…