How did we do?

  After four amazing years, the funded work of the Past on Glass project is finally drawing to a close. We’ve scanned over 10,600 glass plates, nearly 3000 were sent to a wonderful conservator, researched several hundred lives, and matched up families with photos of relatives they had never seen.  Work will carry on as…

Treasure in a skip

As digitising our main collection of plates has slowly but surely come to an end, we have lastly come to look at a lovely surprise we were gifted with earlier in the year, thanks to Rob Williams and Janet Rice. Below they have kindly put together an introduction to the plates and their history… We are…

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…

‘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…