Making heritage accessible to all

Whitehall

Published Tuesday, 16th March 2021

From launching a 3D virtual trail to capturing life in Sutton under lockdown, our Heritage Team has ensured that residents can still access and interact with Sutton’s rich heritage during the pandemic

For some, it has been an important source of comfort and inspiration over the last 12 months. 

“Sutton’s heritage has inspired so many people and given us something to focus on, which has been invaluable during lockdown,” says Maggie Wood, an active member of Sutton South Hello.

The Team works with community groups such as Sutton South Hello and local charities to help to bring to life previously unheard stories. 

For Rebecca Eaglestone, Alzheimer’s Society, recent reminiscence sessions using photographs from the Archives and Museum Collections were very valuable:

“These sessions brought people together with a shared interest, which was lovely to see. People gave great feedback and still talk about how enjoyable they were.” 

As well as helping people tell their stories, the Team works with partners to make Sutton’s heritage more accessible. 

An “alternative guidebook” to Whitehall Historic House was recently published which features stories and art produced by young adults living with learning disabilities. 

“Building relationships within our local community is especially important for Sutton Mencap,” says Tammy Satchel, Adult Services Manager for Sutton Mencap. 

“The project we took part in helped us to build a special friendship with Whitehall. We all fell in love with Whitehall and its history and look forward to more engaging projects.”


This is just one of hundreds of services we provide in Sutton. But we are facing a big challenge. 

More than 70% of our budget goes towards caring for Sutton’s vulnerable adults and children. Following COVID-19, more people are needing our help, while the cost of services is increasing.

Find out how we’re going to protect those needing our care and support Sutton’s recovery over the next 12 months.

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