The Story of Hampton Lea: Uncovering Hidden Histories

Today’s post is a wonderful piece of research by our dedicated project volunteer Kathy Nichols, who has an aptitude for historical research and always seems able to find a good story among our plates. Again, it is an example of how sometimes something which has a seemingly quite indirect connection to the subject of your research, leads you down…

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…

Work Experience: Why Local Heritage Matters

We are really pleased to be able to offer work placements to local students here at The Past on Glass. Everyone who works on the Knights-Whittome collection feels quite passionately about the importance of our Edwardian glass plate negative collection – indeed about the Local Studies and Archives collection as a whole, without which none of the research on…

Making Connections: Work Experience at Sutton Archives

  During July we are usually fortunate enough to host a work experience student for a week. This year we had two girls, one from local grammar school Nonsuch and the other from Carshalton High School for girls. Each of the students we have hosted has been kind enough to write about their experiences, which…

The Past on Glass Exhibition 22 Jul-28 Aug 2016

As we enter the final months of our project, we are thrilled to be putting the finishing touches to an exhibition that will enable us not only to display this wonderful collection to the public at last, but will also put on show just the achievements of our wonderful and dedicated volunteer team.  This project…