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…

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…

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…

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…

Happy Father’s Day, 19th June

Father’s Day is commonly viewed as an occasion with its roots in commercial enterprise. In fact, its origins date back to 1910 in the United States where a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honour her father, a veteran who had, as a single parent, raised six children on his own. Inspired by the US Mother’s day…