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…

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…

Germain Adolphus Merheim, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers

Today’s post is written by Kath Shawcross, based on research completed by one of our volunteers Tony. It is just one example of how important the correct transcription of names from the original envelopes can be. Originally, this name was mistranscribed as Mershim. Tony spent a lot of time working on this individual, coming up…

Our Brave Boys: The Coming of Age of Private James Boyd

The information we have for many of our sitters is so limited that we quickly draw a blank when trying to identify them. In other cases the trail is not cold, but more complicated than it should be, and for an experienced researcher this can raise alarm bells.  In addition, while sometimes having just a…