“Ships of wood and men of iron” – Bringing our sitters back to life

In a recent post about creatively reimagining the Knights-Whittome collection through fictional writing we observed how difficult it can be to really empathise with an individual when just faced with a list of bare facts.   It is not often that we are privy to a real life observation about one of our sitters than gives…

Rudolph Vincent Surr 1891-1916

Today’s post is the combined work of two volunteers, Tony McGarry who has a particular interest in the soldiers in our collection, and who carried out the initial research on this subject and Elizabeth Cooper who wrote the research up into today’s wonderful blog piece. Elizabeth is new to the project but an experienced researcher…

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…