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…

“…the sort of thing a library is for…”

At the risk of boring those of our followers who also follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds, there are just 5 days left to visit our project exhibition here at Sutton Central Library.  We have been overwhelmed by some of the feedback and comments we have received and are sad that we have to take the boards…

Frederic Wood-Jones, FRS, 1879-1954 Anatomist, Naturalist and Anthropologist

‘Wood Jones was perhaps the greatest man of science to grace our shores, and I am very conscious of the fact that Charles Darwin visited Australia.’ Dr Barry Christophers, Medical Journal of Australia, 5 August 1972   ‘Professor Frederic Wood Jones could not appreciate the rare nature of his own industry, versatility and audacity.’ Peter…

Making Connections: Work Experience at Sutton Archives

  During July we are usually fortunate enough to host a work experience student for a week. This year we had two girls, one from local grammar school Nonsuch and the other from Carshalton High School for girls. Each of the students we have hosted has been kind enough to write about their experiences, which…

Happy Father’s Day, 19th June

Father’s Day is commonly viewed as an occasion with its roots in commercial enterprise. In fact, its origins date back to 1910 in the United States where a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honour her father, a veteran who had, as a single parent, raised six children on his own. Inspired by the US Mother’s day…