The Conservation of Glass Plates: Student Placement

A few weeks ago Sarah Allen, our wonderful conservator posted the first in a series of reports about the work she has been carrying out on our Glass Plate Negative collection.   If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you may be aware that Sarah has been able to effect a really exciting collaboration with…

What’s in a Name? Tracking down Sydney Tabor…

Today’s post comes courtesy of volunteer Clive Orton who has become a valued researcher here at the project and is a regular contributor to the project blog. Clive has made rather a speciality of researching family groups, of which there appear to be quite a few in the Knights-Whittome collection.  In today’s piece, he tackles…

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…

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…