Harry Maitland- Banstead Hall’s Son

Research for today’s post comes from James Crouch of the Banstead War Memorial Project, who often brings us wonderful insight to the lives of our sitters of which we are incredibly grateful! Demolished around 1980, Banstead Hall was a Boys School for a century and we have several Knights-Whittome photographs of its students in our…

‘Baby Sparenborg’, an enemy alien in WW1 Britain?

Today’s post is written by our volunteer Elizabeth, who was inspired to research 4 plates titled ‘baby Sparenborg’, and unravel the lost story of a British family with German origins, living in England during WW1. It is often impossible to tell how the sitters came to have their photographs taken, and this is a key…

Rudolph Vincent Surr 1891-1916

Today’s post is the combined work of two volunteers, Tony McGarry who has a particular interest in the soldiers in our collection, and who carried out the initial research on this subject and Elizabeth Cooper who wrote the research up into today’s wonderful blog piece. Elizabeth is new to the project but an experienced researcher…

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…

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…