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…

Getting The Picture – Understanding the Basics of Glass Plate Negative Photography

Here at the Past on Glass project we’ve become accustomed to handling glass plate negatives and being enthralled by the images we’ve retrieved from them, but we sometimes wish we could visit the Knights-Whittome Studio and see for ourselves how it was done. A few tantalising images give us some small clues about the studio set…

Flight Lieutenant Charles Anstey Narbeth

Given the dates that David Knights-Whittome was running his business in Sutton (c.1905-1917), it is not surprising that we are finding a huge number of the glass plates from the basement of his shop are of soldiers, airman, naval personnel and nurses. A number of these military portraits were researched by Archives staff prior to the start of this project, in preparation for…