Ale Tales, one year on

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One year ago, Strike a Light’s Ale Tales book was successfully match funded by a Kickstarter campaign with support from you!

Competition

To celebrate, we’ve got ten copies to send out for free.

To be eligible for this:

First – like our Strike a Light Face book page and share this update on Facebook.

Once done, the first ten people to then email strikealight@rocketmail.com with their address will be sent a free copy!

You can also download it free from here if you prefer a digital copy.

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Independent Lives

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New events coming up:

I’m pleased to pass on details of a heritage exhibition and related events which Nicola Benge from Strike a Light and oral historian Esther Gill were involved with, which is currently being showcased by Independent Lives as part of 2014′s Disability History Month. All activities are free and take place in Sussex.

It’ll be a great opportunity to hear more about disabled peoples’ experiences over the last 60 years in their own words, as well as hear some interesting guest speakers at a variety of dates across Sussex.

Disability History Month Events

Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex inNovember and December 2014.

At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.

To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or emailsophie.thompson@independentlives.org

If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.

Haywards Heath

Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.

Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.

Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.

Worthing

Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about.
Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.

Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.

Chichester

Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials.
Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.

Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pmto 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.

Conversation Piece

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My colleague and studio mate- photographer and artist Lorenza Ippolito, will be hosting a session Conversation Piece linking into the current exhibition at Fabrica gallery in Brighton this month, with a discussion about the seas and fishing with local fisherman Alan Hayes. It should be a good event. It’s free and refreshments are provided.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Alan Hayes will no longer be able to make the event on Monday. Instead, experienced speaker and Professor, Geoff Mead will be talking about Brighton and it’s seafront as a central leisure destination for millions of Briton in last hundred years. Please STILL join us to discover, some un-discorved secrets buried deep down in the pebbles of Brighton Beach.

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Conversation Piece – A Personal History of Fishing in Brighton with Alan Hayes

17th November 2:30-4:00pm

Refreshments Provided.

A relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito. Topics for conversation focus
on local history and debate, and draw on themes in the current exhibition. Each event welcomes a
local speaker with specialist knowledge on the theme of choice.

REEF by Simon Faithful is a unique collaboration between the artist, arts organisations, marine
industries and conservationists, divers and specialist technicians. It is a remote piece completely
imagined for the bottom of the sea. A boat, on it’s last journey, will become – in time – a reef and
will hopefully help strengthen an endangered ecosystem.

Seas and oceans are, in fact, vast ecosystems all on the brink of loosing the delicate balance which
allows them to exist. They are also a source of food for us, fishermen have been working off the
South Coast of Britain for centuries, often in dangerous waters, bringing back food.

But now with dwindling fish stocks and polluted oceans, do fishermen recognise the need for
regulation? How has the fishing industry changed? What did Brighton’s fishing community look like
50 years ago? And what does it look like now?

Join Lorenza Ippolito and Alan Hayes, fisherman born in Ship Street and Christened in the Church
which is now Fabrica Gallery, to take a look back at how fishing has changed in Brighton from the
last century to now.

Mass Observation family event – Domestic Science

Join the Mass Observation Archive on Saturday 1 November 2014 for a very special FREE family event.

Discover the science behind some common household appliances, find out how they have changed how we live at home, and try your hand at some amazing experiments.

How long did it take to wash clothes before we had detergents?
How does a microwave work, and has it changed our meal times?
Why does a record have grooves
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They’ll be answering all these questions and more with extracts from the archives and some fantastic science demonstrations. You will even get to make some items to take away with you!

Drop in between 10.30am and 3.00pm and join the fun. Suitable for families, yrs 5+ The event is based at The Keep The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

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The Digital War Memorial

Strike a Light has been checking out some new World War I related resources recently, since we’ll be working with Queenspark Books on their new A Graphic War project which starts in November 2014 and runs until September 2016.

downloadThe Digital War Memorial website is one such inspiring resource which brings together communities and artists across the UK to make unique creative responses to the First World War Centenary.

Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, these new artworks tell the diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today.

One section we’ve particularly found touching, and a really great way of engaging younger audiences with the theme, is this page of graffiti art and writings by Lancashire artist Liam Dean. Have a look, it’s moving and modern and yet still relevant to young people.

 

 

STANMER – ORAL HISTORIES

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STANMER – ORAL HISTORIES

Local company, Inroads productions, has been awarded R&D funding through the Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts Scheme to develop Stanmer, a brand new play to be written by Sara Clifford.

This site specific play will explore the history of Stanmer House and its surrounding park, with particular reference to the early 1960s, a time of great social and cultural change, when Sussex University was being built next door.

Mixing eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth- and even twenty-first- century histories, together with a ‘60s groove, and informed and inspired by the memories of local residents, the play will explore how we approach our history – from stately homes to country parks, from monuments to common land- and asks what is our ‘heritage’? What do we want from it? And to whom does it belong?

 It is planned that the play will be produced by Veronica Stephens for Zap Art and Sara Clifford for Inroads Productions in May 2015, as part of the Brighton Fringe, with a professional cast and director, and involving up to 100 local people as participants.

Getting involved:

There will be plenty of opportunities for members of the community to get involved by either contributing their stories and memories or taking part in free oral history training sessions delivered by Centre For Research in Memory Narrative & Histories, University of Brighton.

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A key element of the project, will be to work with local residents to collect their memories of the House and park, and particularly the early days of the university, as well as family stories about working at the House. Do you have a story to share? Then please get in touch..

 FREE ORAL HISTORY TRAINING

Over four sessions, people will be able to learn about how to conduct interviews, how to use digital recording equipment and how to summarise and transcribe stories. They will be able to contribute to the oral history archive, and take away new skills to learn about their own families and local history.

The sessions will take place on Saturday 4th October (10-1pm); Wednesday 8th October (6-8pm) ( both at the Writers Place); and Thursday October 23rd 5.3- 7.30pm and Thursday November 6th, 5.30 – 7.30 both at Room M57, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

Would you be interested in taking part ? Then please get in touch..

CONTACT :

Sara Clifford stanmerhouse1960@gmail.com

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanmer/1452604338351936

Centennial – Free Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery

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Strike a Light is organising an event this week at Fabrica gallery in Brighton as part of 2014′s Heritage Open Days.

It’s free and offers lots of interesting activities to participate in, as well as lots of tea and cake. Come along and join us!

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When: Thursday 11th September 2014 (1-4pm)

Where: Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

What: Special Daytime Event – Free drop in

On  gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation will be hosting a free and specially created event

On Thursday 11th September (1-4pm), Fabrica gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light will be hosting a free and specially created event Centennial.

Forming a part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days free events across England and Wales, this is an afternoon drop-in to commemorate the beginning of the centenary of World War I. It profiles and examines aspects of our experiences of the war through the use of diaries, moving image, wartime songs, creative workshops, and talks, exploring our shared and personal memories relating to the war, and the stories we were left with.

The event will offer art activities, film showings, workshop activities, talks, and free afternoon tea. In addition, Fabrica will be revealing a plaque honouring the parishioners who fought and died in WWI, hidden from public view for decades.

The event will be followed by a free evening film showing of musical romp Oh! What a Lovely War with low cost bar & nibbles.

Aimed at all and especially older people, visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way. This event also welcomes everyone including families, babies and children of all ages. Free transport is available for the elderly and disabled. Please get in touch to arrange this.

  Book your free ticket for the daytime event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/centennial-tickets-11944471235

And for the free film event here: http://filmclubsept.eventbrite.com 

 To find out more about this event and others in the Special Daytime Events programme at Fabrica, please contact Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Project Coordinator on 01273 778 646 or email: office@fabrica.org.uk  Web: http://www.fabrica.org.uk

To find out more about the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light please contact Nicola Benge strikealight@rocketmail.com or web: http://www.strikealight.org

 

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Fabrica Film Club:

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. - Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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The Edward Reeves Archive Project -Lewes

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Edward Reeves took his first studio portrait in 1855. Today his great-grandson Tom takes photographs in the same studio on Lewes High Street.

The Reeves Studio is thought to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world. Its archive of over 100,000 glass plate negatives with relating paperwork is both a unique and living record of the daily life of this market town and the history of photographic practice. There are roughly another 100,000 photographs on film and shot digitally.

The archive is of international significance, and important in the history of commercial photography. The original ledgers and account books allow us to caption, date and locate any of the 100,000 glass negatives, and identify the subjects, customers and their addresses.

Cataloguing and digitising the archive

Brigitte Lardinois, Senior Research Fellow in photography and Deputy Director of the Photography and Archive Research Centre of the University of the Arts in London, is working with the Reeves family on the cataloguing and preservation of this archive. They are developing a long-term strategy to make this valuable historical resource accessible to the wider public and researchers.

Brigitte is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to enable the photographing and transcription of the existing ledgers and account books, in order to map what is in the archive and help prioritise the digitising of the negatives. The result of this work will be a public website with selected images in a good enough resolution to aid research.

Brigitte hopes to do this work with the help of groups of specially trained local volunteers, and she may be turning to the Lewes History Group to ask for volunteers.

Exhibitions in Lewes

In October, Brigitte and colleague Matt Haycocks will be curating an exhibition of images from the Reeves archive for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, titled Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate.

Archive images will be displayed as light boxes in fifty shop windows along Lewes High Street, near to the location where they were originally taken. The historical images will be juxtaposed with the present townscape, and will bring the work to a wider public. This ‘outdoor’ exhibition will make a trail from Lewes railway station up Station Street to the bottle neck and down to the bottom of Cliffe.

In addition, there will be exhibitions at the Reeves Studio and the Barbican House Museum, organised with Emma O’Connor, Curator of the Sussex Archeological Society.

There will be maps and information available from the Tourist Information Centre, and Viva Lewes is planning a special issue on photography to coincide with these exhibitions.

The event runs from 4th October until the 2nd November.

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Parade of trade vehicles in Lewes High Street c.1922 (Image at the BPB website)

Family activity day at The Keep archive

This will be a fun free family event with a heritage twist through the Mass Observation Archive based at The Keep archive in Brighton. Information below and available via form attached.

There are further free events the same week, which also form part of the free and accessible Heritage Open Days events nationwide.

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Family activity and tour of The Keep

1-3pm, Saturday 13th September

This September, come and discover the Mass Observation Archive at The Keep. Through a specially designed drama workshop and a guided tour, you’ll explore original archive materials, learn about conservation and have the opportunity to participate in Mass Observation style activities.

Location: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 8BP

Suitable for the whole family, especially children age 7-11.

FREE but booking essential via: 01273 482349  or http://www.thekeep.info/events

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Heritage Open Days is on it’s way!

HOD2_MB_RGBHeritage Open Days: Join the Celebration!

Strike a Light is taking part this year on Thursday 11th September at Fabrica in Brighton.

It’s all free so come and join in!

Towers and tunnels, factories and follies, chapels and synagogues – thousands of England’s most unique and undiscovered historic sites will be throwing open their doors for free in September, as Heritage Open Days celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“2014 is a landmark year for Heritage Open Days,” says Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance.  “Over the last two decades we’ve enabled millions of people to visit thousands of places that are normally closed to the public, helping to put local heritage at the forefront of community life throughout England. This summer we’re looking forward to our most spectacular festival ever – a unique national celebration that brings our hidden history to life.”

The four-day festival promises a more diverse array of events than ever before, ranging from 1950s tea-dances to Elizabethan garden parties.  Join guided walks, visit secret archives, discover hidden works of art – or simply pack a picnic and soak up the sunshine in a garden of your choice.

Join the Celebration: Thursday 11 – Sunday 14th September www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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