A Virtual Work Experience Placement – Reflecting on the history all around us…

In current times, much about our daily lives and working practices has had to adapt. For many students, their work experience placements, so eagerly anticipated, have been put on hold, or been cancelled.  We were hugely impressed by our most recent work experience candidate Arthur who, undaunted by the fact that a physical placement was…

A House Through the Ages: The Hilton, Sutton – Episode 5: A Family of Teachers

Today’s blog continues research into Sutton property ‘The Hilton’, a series of histories compiled by volunteer Clive Orton.  In today’s episode, Clive looks at the Hunt family, who occupied the house after 1896. We rejoin Clive as he connects up the timeline of the house, between the Kennedy family (episodes 1 & 2) and their…

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…

What Became of These Likely Lads?

This week marks the return of London Writers Week, a celebration of new writing in the UK, and also 106 years since a particular David Knights-Whittome photograph was taken of the Carshalton Convent School boys. An unlikely connection it may seem! However, as you may know, over the last year we are proud to have…