With Valentine’s Day this month, love is in the air, and the archives! Our object of the month is a beautiful wedding dress, worn by Emily Clara Brougham when she married Robert Henry Pentleton in Wallington in 1912. From looking at the wedding dress worn by the happy bride, we can see how wedding fashion… Continue reading February Object of the Month: Love is in the A(i)rchives
While today printing is often as simple as the click of a button, the history of printing goes back thousands of years. Printing, a reprographic technique for reproducing text and images from a template, has seen many changes over the millennia. The January Object of the Month embodies just one step in that evolution, a… Continue reading January Object of the Month: The Church of the Holy Trinity Printing Plate
The early 2017 reading list for Whitehall’s Murder at the Museum Book Club is now available! The Murder at the Museum Book Club offers a great opportunity to meet new people and discuss the intrigue, excitement, and mystery of some of the best detective fiction, from classics to contemporaries. Described by one member as a ‘fantastic… Continue reading Murder at the Museum – Early 2017 Reading List Now Available!
With Christmas fast approaching, our December object of the month is a golden brass box, over a century old, issued as a Christmas gift to Britain’s WWI troops. In October 1914, Princess Mary expressed her wish to grant ‘every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front’ a personal present straight from home to ‘hearten… Continue reading December Object of the Month: The Christmas Box
An update on the Friends of Whitehall’s recent visit to the Benjamin Franklin House and Blue Badge guided walk in London from Jenny Lugton, Friends of Whitehall Secretary. Benjamin Franklin’s House in London was the destination for 24 Friends of Whitehall on a bright crisp November morning. The house, in Craven street, is situated near Trafalgar… Continue reading Friends of Whitehall: A Tale of Two Halves
With Cheam’s sky being lit by fireworks this month we want to ‘remember, remember ‘ Brocks Fireworks Factory. Originating in Islington in 1698, Brocks moved a number of times in its long existence, from Islington to Whitechapel to South Norwood to Cheam and settling in Hemel Hempstead. Brocks came to Cheam in 1901, staying until… Continue reading November Object of the Month: Explosive Cheam
This lovely postcard was brought to us from a private owner and member of our wonderful Friends of Whitehall. The image is labelled as ‘The Splash Cheam.’ Although the idyllic scene with a bridge and several buildings visible seems quite distinctive, no one seems to know the location of the Cheam Splash! Do you know… Continue reading ‘The Splash Cheam’