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…

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…

VAD Nurses in Sutton

This week marks 100 years since the execution by a German firing squad of Edith Louisa Cavell, a British Red Cross Nurse who worked in German occupied Belgium during World War One. Cavell is celebrated for having treated soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping around 200 Allied soldiers escape from German occupied Belgium; an action for which for…

Keeping up Appearances on the Home Front

For the fashion-conscious Edwardian and post-Edwardian lady there could be no better opportunity to showcase one’s wardrobe than in a professional photographic portrait. The Knights-Whittome collection is rich with female portraits, it is the largest single category group that we have encountered so far in the digitisation process. Among these images we have a large…