Amy Margaret Hartley: one woman’s kindness to patients in pain

It has been a while since this blog featured a research subject from the David Knights-Whittome photographic archive.  Today, we return to the collection, and focus on one of the female subjects of our glass plates. As always, we welcome feedback and comment on all our posts, and encourage you to share our image database…

The Last Family Portrait: The Polhills & A Lost Generation

The Past on Glass photographic collection dates between 1904-1918, and portraits from it depict lives on the verge, or in the midst of, vast change. The single group portrait we have of the Polhill family, taken in December 1910, was one of those glass plate negatives repaired by our conservator, and digitised in the second…

Writing on Glass: ‘Portrait of a library archivist’ by Roger Halton

In these times of social distancing many of us will be filling our evenings by trying a new hobby from home – perhaps having a go at that novel at last! In 2018, Sutton Archives collaborated with Sutton Writers to produce a beautiful volume of fictional work, based on the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection. Today,…

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…

How did we do?

  After four amazing years, the funded work of the Past on Glass project is finally drawing to a close. We’ve scanned over 10,600 glass plates, nearly 3000 were sent to a wonderful conservator, researched several hundred lives, and matched up families with photos of relatives they had never seen.  Work will carry on as…

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…

Harry Maitland- Banstead Hall’s Son

Research for today’s post comes from James Crouch of the Banstead War Memorial Project, who often brings us wonderful insight to the lives of our sitters of which we are incredibly grateful! Demolished around 1980, Banstead Hall was a Boys School for a century and we have several Knights-Whittome photographs of its students in our…

‘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…