On the night of October 16th 1987 Britain had suffered from the biggest storm in recent history. Surrey in particular hadn’t suffered from a storm of this scale in 284 years! (since the great storm in 1703) Needless to say the entire country had impacted tremendously from the aftermath of the storm. The wind speeds… Continue reading The Great Storm of 1987- 30 years on!
August object of the month has been written by one of our student volunteers for Sutton Heritage (Honeywood Museum & Whitehall Historic House) Lucy! For this objects of the month we have a family run business of Cheam bricks and some interesting stories surrounding the members of the Waghorn family which includes a court case… Continue reading Bricks and Scandals!
This month’s OTM (Object of The Month) are two beautiful paintings of Travers Cottages, You can see these at Cheam Library during opening hours. Here you will find some information about Norah Travers and her family who lived in the local area, Enjoy! Norah Travers was born in Cheam in 1858. Her father, Otho Travers… Continue reading Norah Travers (1858-1922)
With football boots hung up for the summer and the chalk dust of Wimbledon now settled, this month we thought it would be appropriate to showcase an object that very much reflects another long time English tradition and favoured sport of the season, and indeed of the area. Cricket. So, while the best in their… Continue reading Cricket in Your Pocket? “Howzthat?”
Our Object of the month looks into curious objects that have a second use! Accompanying our main object of the month we have cigarette and tobacco tins that have been used for storage, these contain old games and rationing books from 1918. All of these can be viewed at Cheam library until next month’s object.… Continue reading June Object of The Month: More Than One Use!
ALFRED SMEE Alfred Smee, born on June 18th 1818 in Camberwall, was not only a surgeon but also a chemist, metallurgist, electrical researcher and inventor, and the son of the accountant-general to the Bank of England, William Smee. He attended St. Paul’s School from November 7th 1829, later becoming a medical student at King’s College… Continue reading May Object of the Month: Mr. Smee’s Garden
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