New Strike a Light Associates

Strike a Light hosts a dedicated group of related Associates who include specialists in an extensive range of related professional areas from Production Management to Arts Production to Teaching, and Administration.
This way of working means that we are flexible and adaptable, creating a bespoke team for each project. This has led us to a more efficient and economical way of working. We are a practical, friendly, and approachable team  – we care about what we do and we it shows!

We’re pleased to announce our new Associates for Strike a Light:


Sam CarrollDr Sam Carroll managed Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty project from August 2013 to January 2014 and also took on the role of Heritage and Education Resource Facilitator, producing the learning resource and booklet “Ale Tales”.

Sam specialises in Life History Research with a wide range of experience in both the academic and community arenas across many research projects as trainer, tutor, project worker, project manager, student mentor and consultant. She has taught on post-graduate programmes at the University of Sussex and open courses at the Mass Observation Archive. She is the Community Heritage Researcher for the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Engagement Centre (University of Kent) and the Administrator for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton). 

ef1f038bc5f37e201b988d243e3a8f19Clare Hankinson has collaborated with Strike a Light on creative heritage projects in Brighton since 2010 as event organiser, project coordinator, and fundraiser. She is currently the Audience Development Manager – Older People for Fabrica, Brighton to engage older people with contemporary art.

Through this and her parallel Project Manager role, she works with artists and facilitators to explore different ways of meeting and engaging audiences, through exhibitions and events at Fabrica, other arts venues and in the community.  She is also a freelancer and artist in her own right and runs her own creative practice in a studio at Phoenix Brighton.

IMG_0068Cath Tajima-Powell worked most recently on Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty Heritage Lottery Funded project. She has a wide base of experience working in accessible heritage events and  community projects as well as art festivals and  creative industries.

Direct engagement and good communication are the keystones for her contribution on many successful projects such as Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Stade Development, Ale and Hearty, the Martlett (HLF projects),  and Heritage Open Days. As founder of a popular local lifestyle magazine and brand she also has excellent marketing and fundraising skills.

Luan biog picLuan Blake has worked with freelancers from Strike a Light in various capacities. She is currently working on her new large scale project called Machine Women, drawing out theunheard voices and experiences of female factory workers and machinists in the UK. The project includes research, oral testimonies, clog dancing, film, installation and performance.

Luan is a performance practitioner, and was the Artistic Director of Ragroof Theatre from 2000-2012 ( She led Ragroof to deliver many successful touring, heritage and participatory theatre projects in the South-East, the UK and internationally. Luan is also a freelance teacher, project manager, and volunteer co-ordinator, working within the arts and heritage sector.

Brighton Black History

2015-11-11 14.35.54We had a lovely time at our WWI themed Conversation Cafes yesterday, meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton with speaker Cuthbert Williams MBE, Chair of the organisation Brighton Black History, sharing stories of the BME community in the city during the Great War. Many thanks to him for taking time to come and meet our group and to Jubilee Library for hosting us for the session.

Our free WWI reminiscence CONVERSATION CAFÉS continue next month, taking place on the second Wednesday of every month. The next session is on Wednesday 9th December at Hove Library with Margaret Curson of the Rare Books Archive from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome!

This is part of our project, The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

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Remembering those that have Fallen

We’ve just received this moving piece from a project we are involved with The Boys on the Plaque – Ross Hammond who is coordinating a research group at Fabrica looking at those who served or fell in WWI. Names written on a memorial plaque residing inside Fabrica gallery are being researched and uncovered for posterity.

Ross says: On this thoughtful day I would like to share with you one story that we have discovered over the few months that project has been running. I would also like to think of all the fallen on our Plaque, from the First World War and all conflicts before and after.

The following words and research are by James Gasston, a Volunteer Researcher on the Boys on the Plaque Project.

Gerald Harry Vernon Burghope was born in Brighton on September 19th 1896, to Harry and Ethel Burghope of 6 Highcroft Villas. The oldest of three children, he had two sisters; Gwendolyn was born in 1899 but died before her first birthday, and Audrey was born in 1904.

His Father and his uncle John owned Burghope and Burghope, a tailors and outfitters at 139-140 North Street (now Barclays bank).

Gerald Burghope Photo

Gerald joined the 19th Royal Fusiliers as a private, before transferring to the 1st battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was made a temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the 5th of August 1916. A little over eight months later, on the 23rd of April 1917, he was killed in action in France, where his body remains. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial at Fauborg-D’amiens cemetery, and at the family burial plot in St Martin churchyard in Westmeston, just outside of Lewes.

I gleaned that information from various online genealogical resources, but none of it really told me anything about who Gerald was. It wasn’t until we visited The Keep, which houses hundreds of years worth of records relating to East Sussex, that I felt I gained some insight into that.

He was a keen poet, and The Keep holds a book of his poetry, published after his death in 1917. On the second page is a photograph of Gerald in his army uniform, and the introduction is written by the Reverend Felix Asher, who was incumbent at the Holy Trinity Church at the time and a friend of the Burghope family.

Gerald Burghope Poems

The following extract from ‘A Vision of Home’, which Gerald wrote in May 1916, having already enlisted, is sadly prescient:

‘O, if your lonely tomb, my friend, lies far beyond the foam,

Then be content, your body rots, yet you yourself come home,

…He could not tread an unknown shore, but once again must hie,

To the kindly Weald of Sussex and the Downs that never die.’

A year after this was written, on the 13th of May 1917, Gerald’s memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Church, led by Reverend Asher.

Cuthbert Williams MBE discusses WWI Brighton’s black history – free Conversation Cafe this month

Our free WWI reminiscence CONVERSATION CAFÉS continue this month, taking place on the second Wednesday of every month. This month’s session is onWednesday 11th November at Jubilee Library from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome!

This month we welcome Cuthbert Williams MBE, Chair of the organisation Brighton Black History.  He will join our group for an informal discussion about Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion and BME lives in the city during the Great War.

We will also have a brief look at our WWI themed book to accompany our sessions this winter: A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie. This has been kindly supplied by Brighton and Hove Library and Information Service.

This is part of our project, The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

What’s up this month?

wwwcitylibrariesinfo_00798Conversation Cafe’s taking place this month at Jubilee and Hove Library – Run by Strike A Light.

The Boys on the Plaque Conversation Cafe’s will discover, collate and share objects, photographs and documents to tell Brighton & Hove’s personal and community history during World War 1.

Session Two this month takes place at Jubilee Library and is joined by Cuthbert Williams MBE from Brighton Black History for an informal discussion about Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion.

Session Two: Wednesday 11 November, 2.30-4.30pm. Meet at Jubilee Library, Free entry

Session Three: Wednesday 9 December 2.30-4.30pm. Meet at Hove Library, Free entry

For more information see below or phone: 01273 778646 or Email: Cafe poster

A God in every Stone – WWI novel accompanying Conversation Cafes.

We hosted a really lovely session today with our new Conversation Cafe group at Fabrica gallery and the Friends Meeting House in Brighton. Reminiscence activities, new WWI novels, an update from the Boys on the Plaque research group co-ordinator Ross Hammond, a talk about our WWI memorial plaque, plus tea and biscuits.

downloadWe’ve been loaned copies of the WWI novel ‘A God in every Stone’ by Kamila Sharmsie from Brighton and Hove Library service, thanks to them for this. We will be reading this in tandem with sessions up to Christmas.

See you for our next session on Wednesday 11th November!

Conversation Cafes start tomorrow!

Conversation Cafe posterOur free WWI CONVERSATION CAFÉS start tomorrow Wednesday 21st October. Why don’t you try them out!

They will then take place on the second Wednesday of every month at Fabrica gallery and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. 

See full programme of free events here: project-dates-conversation-cafes 

We will be hosting a series of twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), will use Holy Trinity, the plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

You can book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646

BOTP LogoThere will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.

Sessions organised in partnership with:

  • Strike a Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group.


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Hope Springs Eternal – watch our short film on the positives of aging!

Strike a Light set up a You Tube channel for its’ work recently and the first post for us was a film we made a few years back with filmmaker Si Mitchell of The Mono Grande (a film production company). We wanted to find ways to celebrate the positives of aging and compiled interviews and events with older people in Brighton and Hove.

The film is just under 15 mins long and It’s called Hope Springs Eternal hope springs eternal flyer sept 2011View it by clicking on the film title.

The film continues to receive positive responses. The fim was previously screened at the wonderful event White Night 2011 in Brighton as part of a wider event organised by Strike a Light also called ‘Hope Springs Eternal’.It was shown again in December at Fabrica gallery as part of the ‘Relativity’ event.

The White Night programme for events in Brighton had the theme Utopia and Strike a Light’s event took place at Pavilion Gardens, Brighton and around 1,000 people attended.

You can see the White Night programme here:

‘Taking part in the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ film was an interesting experience. I so hope that such a film will help to inspire similar events’.

Conversation Cafes poster for free WWI reminiscence sessions

Conversation Cafe poster

Conversation Cafes poster for free WWI themed reminiscence activities, visits, book readings and more for the Boys on the Plaque project.

The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove.

Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking place on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery  and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. 

See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes


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