Local Heritage · Object of the Month

Object of the Month: March

LDSCL: 2015.10.2   Late 19th century black mourning hat with a velvet ribbon, chiffon and black glass beads During the Victorian period it was customary for families to commemorate their dead through elaborate rituals, expensive funerals and monuments for the deceased. Those who could afford it were expected to wear mourning dress when a family member passed… Continue reading Object of the Month: March

Local Heritage · Object of the Month

Object of the Month: February

            LDSCL : 2004.48.165  Sheet music: ‘Maire my Girl (Irish love-song)’ LDSCL : 2004.48.171  Sheet music: ‘A Lover in Damascus – a set of six songs’ With Valentine love in the air, our objects this month help tell a small part of a very special love story – two sets of sheet music, both for… Continue reading Object of the Month: February

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Object of the Month: December

First World War: Postcards from the FRONT These postcards were found in a house in Coulsdon during a clearance in 2006. The cards were found with other photographs and papers folded inside a programme for the 1937 coronation. Eleven of the cards were sent by Sergeant John Mathew; one was sent to him. The owner… Continue reading Object of the Month: December

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Object of the Month: November

LDSCL: 1994.2.1 and 1994.2.2  Souvenir certificate presented by the Beddington and Wallington Peace Celebrations Committee to Alice and Verney Longley This year marks 100 years since the signing of the 1918 Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War and it is a date that we now commemorate with Remembrance Day. It is… Continue reading Object of the Month: November

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Object of the Month: October

LDSCL: ACC.39/23 Photograph of Dr George Rice, BA, MB, C-M Edin, with nursing staff outside Belmont Workhouse. c.1908. In honour of Black History Month, October’s object of the month display focuses on a photograph and associated group of archive material relating to Dr. George Rice (1848 – 1935), a celebrated and much respected African-American physician,… Continue reading Object of the Month: October

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Object of the Month: August

LDSCL: 2009.1.6  Two piece Jaeger swimsuit,  1939 With the summer holiday season well and truly upon us, August’s object focuses on a striking woollen two piece swimsuit.  It was worn by Wallington resident Eileen Whiteing on her honeymoon, with new husband Dennis, to sunny Eastbourne in 1939. Perhaps the most unusual element of Eileen’s swimsuit… Continue reading Object of the Month: August