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…

“He Did his Duty” – Frederic George Davis – The Banstead War Memorial Project

Today’s blog comes to us from James Crouch of the Banstead War Memorial Project. James’ work featured on the blog just after Christmas and we are pleased to have found additional cross-overs between our work. James contacted us having recognised the faces of two brothers among our Flickr feed. Using Flickr as a platform for displaying…

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…

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…