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
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
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