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, Series 2, Episode 1: Benfleet Hall – Requiem for a Wood

Today sees the launch of our second A House Through The Ages blog series by Sutton Archives volunteer Clive.  This research has been completed entirely by Clive during lockdown from the comfort of his own home, and just shows what can be done with perseverance and a curious mind. We hope that these posts will…

Stinkpipes and Sewers: A Fragrant History of Carshalton

If you’ve seen these ornate and wonderful looking ironwork columns around Carshalton and wondered what they are, today’s post – whose text has been partly adapted from Sutton’s Local Listing Directory and Historic England’s Listing website – should answer a few of your queries. Clearly, street furniture like this does not form part of the…

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…

Gunpowder & Glory: The Incredible Story of Frank Brock & the Brock’s Factory at War

You may have seen links to a suite of new educational resources for Primary children on the Sutton Heritage social media feeds over the last few weeks, some of which have used an image of the famous Brock’s firework factory in Cheam. In its heyday, Brock’s factory held a warrant for ‘Pyrotechnisis by Appointment to…

Ramadan During Lockdown

Originally posted on Whitehall Historic House:
Scheherazade works in Sutton’s Cultural Services team. In this diary entry – part of #TheLocalsDiaries project, she shares her reflections on Ramadan during lockdown. At the last Clap for Carers event I noticed a new muslim family several houses away; smiling, joining in with the clapping, while the youngest…

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…