Project Updates · The Locals Diaries · Whitehall Historic House

Sutton’s Heritage Houses to reopen their doors!

Sutton Cultural Services are delighted to announce that Whitehall Historic House in Cheam and Honeywood Museum in Carshalton, will be reopening their doors from the 23 July 2020. With measures in place to welcome visitors safely, and new temporary exhibitions and children’s activity packs to delight visitors old and new, the team are thrilled to invite visitors back through the doors to enjoy these two unique local heritage attractions.

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Reflections on Eid al-Fitr

Scheherazade works in Sutton’s Cultural Services team. Part of #TheLocalsDiaries project, this diary entry follows her previous reflection on Ramadan during lockdown. The last ten days of Ramadan are the most spiritual.  Most people who are fasting through Ramadan find these last few days bittersweet. There is a feeling of sadness that the month is… Continue reading Reflections on Eid al-Fitr

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Mystery Object: Make Your Mark

Whilst we consider the themes for this year’s International Museum Day (18 May) – #equality #diversity #inclusion – and as we start #CreativityandWellbeing week (18-24 May), we thought we’d take a quick look back at one of our Whitehall ‘Mystery Object’ sessions from last year. Run in partnership with Sutton Mencap, Mystery Object sessions use… Continue reading Mystery Object: Make Your Mark

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Lessons Learnt from a Lockdown Birthday

Caroline is the Volunteer Officer for Sutton Cultural Services, and is currently deployed in a role supporting Meals on Wheels. In this diary entry -submitted as part of #TheLocalsDiaries project- she reflects on her ‘lockdown’ birthday and her experience in her current role.  Note: Some names in this entry have been changed to protect the… Continue reading Lessons Learnt from a Lockdown Birthday

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Ramadan During Lockdown

Scheherazade works in Sutton’s Cultural Services team. In this diary entry – part of #TheLocalsDiaries project, she shares her reflections on Ramadan during lockdown. At the last Clap for Carers event I noticed a new muslim family several houses away; smiling, joining in with the clapping, while the youngest daughter blew bubbles in a quiet,… Continue reading Ramadan During Lockdown

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A Day in the Life of a Food Hub Support Worker

While the heritage houses and libraries are currently closed, members of the Cultural Services team have been supporting the Council’s Sutton Hub: calling the most vulnerable people in our borough to enquire whether they need support, and packing food parcels.  Kirsty Wilson (Customer Service Officer – Whitehall Historic House & Cheam Library)  reflects on her… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Food Hub Support Worker

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The Locals: Diaries

Have you been documenting your experiences of life during the COVID-19 outbreak, or of self-isolating, home-schooling, time with family, working from home, food shortages or social distancing? Many of us will be recording our thoughts in this unprecedented time, either as a means of making sense of the experience, or simply to record the previously… Continue reading The Locals: Diaries

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Mystery Object: Is it a pebble?

In 2019, and as part of our NLHF project, we worked closely with Sutton Mencap to identify mysterious objects from our collections and create objects of our own as a response – this was the star of our June session: Participants quickly identified the object as a stone of some sort. For some, the cold… Continue reading Mystery Object: Is it a pebble?

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Lunar New Year Celebrations

On Saturday 25th January 2020, Whitehall held a vibrant and lively cross cultural event to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat. It was organised by two members of the Cultural Services team, who usually work across the borough’s libraries and heritage houses. Storytelling, games, costumes, and a variety of craft activities… Continue reading Lunar New Year Celebrations