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…

“He Did his Duty” – Frederic George Davis – The Banstead War Memorial Project

Today’s blog comes to us from James Crouch of the Banstead War Memorial Project. James’ work featured on the blog just after Christmas and we are pleased to have found additional cross-overs between our work. James contacted us having recognised the faces of two brothers among our Flickr feed. Using Flickr as a platform for displaying…

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…

Projecting the Past: Somme Commemorations in Sutton

Recently we had the honour of being involved in the Borough’s Somme commemorations. A creative team made up of projectionist and video editor Kieron Brannan coordinated by Samia Tassio of SamiArt, took images of WW1 soldiers from our glass plate collection to create a poignant and moving slideshow of soldiers that was projected onto the facade of…

Commemorating the Somme: Private Charles George Gordon Lovegrove, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment

  This image of Charles Lovegrove, taken by Knights-Whittome in July 1916 featured prominently in the Great War Stories Exhibition which took place at Sutton Central Library during 2014. The image is a striking one taken against an elaborate painted backdrop and featuring a young soldier brimming with pride. These military portraits always ignite a…

Somme Commemorations in Sutton, Friday 1st July

This week’s post is a heads up about an exciting event happening later this week. It comes with rather short notice, for which we apologise,  but we are thrilled to be involved in the Borough’s Somme commemorations, happening on this coming Friday, 1st July.  We do hope that some of our local followers will be able to…