“When I grow up, I want to be a little boy…”(unknown): Lionel Hope & Douglas Raymond Way.

Given that the famous Brock’s Fireworks factory was active in Sutton during the years of Knights-Whittome’s business, we were hopeful that we might have found an image of someone linked to the factory to offer us a firework related subject for today’s post, but alas, none of our research to date has brought up anything relevant. Instead, today’s subjects were selected because it…

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…

“…the sort of thing a library is for…”

At the risk of boring those of our followers who also follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds, there are just 5 days left to visit our project exhibition here at Sutton Central Library.  We have been overwhelmed by some of the feedback and comments we have received and are sad that we have to take the boards…

Frederic Wood-Jones, FRS, 1879-1954 Anatomist, Naturalist and Anthropologist

‘Wood Jones was perhaps the greatest man of science to grace our shores, and I am very conscious of the fact that Charles Darwin visited Australia.’ Dr Barry Christophers, Medical Journal of Australia, 5 August 1972   ‘Professor Frederic Wood Jones could not appreciate the rare nature of his own industry, versatility and audacity.’ Peter…

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…