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…

Emily Bird

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…

In the studio

The Past on Glass Exhibition 22 Jul-28 Aug 2016

As we enter the final months of our project, we are thrilled to be putting the finishing touches to an exhibition that will enable us not only to display this wonderful collection to the public at last, but will also put on show just the achievements of our wonderful and dedicated volunteer team.  This project…

Private Lovegrove, July 1916

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…


Working on the Plates: Part 3 of The Past on Glass on Film

Today’s post is the third of five short films made about the project by a work experience student from Cheam High School.  Today’s film looks on the plates themselves and discusses some of the challenges they present. The two final parts will appear in next Tuesday’s post, after which normal service will resume!  Enjoy 🙂