Our Object of the Month for April is unique, in the fact it is not an object at all, but a woman! Our focus this month is Elva Blacker, the famous artist born locally in Surrey, in 1908. From 1903, her father ran a photographic business, which she took over after his death in 1930.… Continue reading April Object of the Month: Elva Blacker
Our board game of the month, created by the Parker brothers in 1904 in the USA, was distributed to both New York and London, just after the release of ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ books. The aim of the game is to capture as many ‘Burglars’, ‘Robbers’ and ‘Thieves’ cards as possible, and to obtain… Continue reading March Object of the Month: All in the Game!
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
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
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
Our October Object of the Month is a watercolour of unknown origin found within the London Borough of Sutton’s art collection. Little is known about the work other than a few notes that have been hastily written on the back of the mount on which it rests. Looking just below the painting you can see the… Continue reading October Object of the Month: The Park Gates, Carshalton