‘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…

‘Baby Sparenborg’, an enemy alien in WW1 Britain?

Today’s post is written by our volunteer Elizabeth, who was inspired to research 4 plates titled ‘baby Sparenborg’, and unravel the lost story of a British family with German origins, living in England during WW1. It is often impossible to tell how the sitters came to have their photographs taken, and this is a key…

Ellen Munday: Life as an independent servant

Research today, comes from our wonderful volunteer Elizabeth, who has worked hard to track down information about a lady from the collection, Ellen Munday, as well as the family for whom she worked for during the time the photograph was taken.¬† The story leaves many questions still to be answered but certainly gives a fascinating…

Reflections on the Year…

  With the New Year fast approaching most of us will be looking to make some new resolutions. ¬†While we can’t profess to have been as angelic as Marcia Hanbury (photographed here by Knights-Whittome c.1906), here at the project we feel overall very proud of our achievements this last year… With almost three and a…

Rudolph Vincent Surr 1891-1916

Today’s post is the combined work of two volunteers, Tony McGarry who has a particular interest in the soldiers in our collection, and who carried out the initial research on this subject and Elizabeth Cooper who wrote the research up into today’s wonderful blog piece. Elizabeth is new to the project but an experienced researcher…

The Art of Retouching – Pre-Photoshop

A recent post we published on this blog touched on the subject of Retouching Glass Plates. It’s something I promised to look at in more detail on the blog a while ago, and following a recent talk to Carshalton Photographic Society on the very subject over the summer, I’ve realised it is long overdue. A…