Break out the bunting! Free workshop

Join us for a special free bunting making workshop at Fabrica gallery, as part of two heritage projects; The Boys on the Plaque and The Orange Lilies- Brighton and Hove in the Somme, which both commemorate Brighton & Hove’s soldiers who fought in WWI. This takes place on Tuesday 23rd August 2-5pm.

As part of September’s Heritage Open Days 2016, we will be hosting a special event called ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ to share the findings of our intrepid volunteer researchers, who have been exploring the lives and stories of 96 local soldiers who fought and died in the war. This will be a relaxed and social event, and we’d love to decorate the church with beautiful, locally-crafted bunting!

So come along for a free afternoon to learn bunting making skills and have a bit of a natter with some creative crafting! Hosted by Nicola Benge from Strike A Light, materials will be provided but you are also welcome to bring something along to contribute.

Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits provided!

Book your free spot today and drop in to join in the fun:

IMG_3175.JPGThanks to participants who have joined our new Volunteer Research Group for  The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme WWI focussed project.

This was the first session and took place at Jubilee library with the support of the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service. This was also the first opportunity for everyone to meet each other and the new Research group Coordinator Ross Hammond.

We will be having an genealogy training session at Jubilee library in the first week of September (Date TBC) to boost skills and development. 

Following this, the research group to The Keep archive on Thursday 6th October 11am-4pm to explore artefacts and photos of Brighton and Hove lives during 1916. This is a free event and you will gain new research skills with the support of our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.

Do get in touch if you’d like to join in with the group and gain new skills between now and June 2017:

Free Heritage Open Days events coming up

Keep the Home Fires Burning
Thursday 8 September, 1pm – 4pm

Join us for this special drop-in event, to explore and contribute to our local heritage project, The Boys on the Plaque!

Strike a Light hosts a new Heritage Open Days free event in September – Keep the Home Fires Burning brings together local research, creative workshops and exhibitions, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories of Brighton & Hove residents during WWI wartime and the stories that have been left behind for us to rediscover.

Fabrica is based in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, which was built in 1817 and has a rich and fascinating history. For one day only, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to discover more about our local community and inspire new ways of considering our home front experience of the Great War.

Keep the Home Fires Burning is a relaxed free drop-in activity and all ages are welcome. Free hot and soft drinks and are available throughout, as well as some lovely cakes, and guests are invited to relax and chat whilst enjoying the event and activities.

Visitors are also invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of 95 local soldiers who are commemorated in the church. Could you be a relative of one of the Boys? They mostly lived in the streets surrounding the church – you can find a list of the names online here

This event is free and you are welcome to drop-in anytime between 1-4pm. Donations welcome.


20160210_161315 (1)Boys on the Plaque Walking Tours
Friday 9 and Wednesday 14 September, 6pm

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic South Lanes and North Laine area. Exploring the stories of local soldiers that we have discovered as part of a local heritage project, we get to know the young men who lived in these streets over 100 years ago, before joining a war that took them far from home.

Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour is part of a WWI local heritage project The Boys on the Plaque

Starting at Fabrica, the tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12. Free to join, donations welcomed.

Booking welcome here: Tour 1 & Tour 2, but feel free to just drop in at 6pm to join the tour.



Conversation Cafes for July


The next free Conversation Cafe session for The Boys on the Plaque project takes place this month on Wednesday July 13th 2.30-4.30pm. The session will be in the Tony Miller Reading Room AKA Rare Books Archive on the Second Floor of Jubilee Library, Brighton.

This month, academic and expert on suffragism Dr Anne Logan discusses the role of women in the First World War.. She’ll be showing images and discussing her work in an informal way, linking with the activities in The Boys on the Plaque project, an HLF funded project.

2015-11-11 15.58.05If you’d like to join in with the book reading for the summer (we get our next book in September), then there are copies enough for everyone who attends the Conversation Cafe group.

This is The Suicide Club by author and ex BBC documentary maker Andrew  Williams. This is a dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle during the First World War.For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle fought behind the lines. Andrew Williams’ novels possess ‘a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few thrillers can match’ (Sunday Times).

We won’t be having a Conversation Cafe session in August due to summer holidays, with the next sessions taking place at Fabrica gallery on the following dates in the autumn:

  • September 14th – Meet at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton –  A discussion of our themes and events. This session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.
  • October 12th – Meet at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton – The Boys on the Plaque research group to give a presentation on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove to the group.

Conversation Cafes

Boys on the Plaque Tweetchat

boysontheplaque.jpgWe’ll be having a live tweetchat next week on Twitter about the Boys on the Plaque project in partnership with Fabrica gallery.

Join in to find out more about Brighton and Hove in World War I, soldiers who served in the Great War who lived in the Lanes, and their live and families.

To join in, use the hash tag #boysontheplaque and you can Follow @Art_Mole @FabricaGallery @StrikerLight who’ll all be participating in the discussion.
The discussion takes place on Twitter on Thursday 14th July from 8.30-9.30pm

Free Heritage Open Day event

Come along and find out more about our WWI themed project and look at ways to learn about film making and get involved with training and activities as well as research skills.

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.
Frederick Geroge Stoner 1914The project focusses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its’ subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.

Frederick George Stoner (1914)

Come along and find out more about this epic piece of local history, and find out ways to get involved with the project, learn about film making and gain research skills. Arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light and partners will – through key activities, training, collaboration and mentoring – work with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations.

LITA - Black RockUsing archives and artefacts to inform creative learning, our unique approach involves young people researching and producing a series of short films to share this WWI centenary theme; creating textile interpretations of significant battles; and attending talks and study days; whilst receiving support from local historians, including a local Royal Sussex Regimental military expert.

Image courtesy of Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: 1-7pm
  • Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm

Booking Details

No booking required


Inside Brighton’s Open Market (off London Road) on the top Mezzanine Level. Access lift beside stairs to the Mezzanine level

Additional information

Through The Orange Lilies project, we will aim to show the seismic changes in Brighton and Hove society as a result of the Somme. On 1st July 1916, the start of the battle of the Somme, it was said you could hear the cannons from France at a cricket match in Brighton. This project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant battle on the eve of this, Boar’s Head, as a key part of WWI, and its’ impact on Brighton and Hove. We seek to explore, through the lives of the local soldiers and residents, the effects on the life of the city as a result.


There is an accessible lift by the stairs to the Mezzanine level and doors upstairs are wheelchair accessible.


Organised by

Strike a Light

Ale and Hearty Exhibition for Heritage Open Days

Strike a Light hosts an exhibiton event for Heritage Open Days on Friday 9th September 1-7pm & Saturday 1-5pm

Mezzanine Level, 8 Marshalls Row, Open Market, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4JU

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at Lewes’s working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades. It also links in with abstinence and religious culture locally at the time, as well as a clear relation between trades and society through social clubs.

The exhibition runs along these thematic lines –

Breweries in decline
Hops and songs
old breweries
Revival of micro breweries

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: 12-7pm
  • Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm

Booking Details

No booking required


There is an accessible lift by the stairs to the Mezzanine level and doors upstairs are wheelchair accessible.


Inside Brighton’s Open Market (off London Road) on the top Mezzanine Level. Access lift beside stairs to the Mezzanine level


Organised by

Strike a Light

Music as Therapy Fundraiser

Music as therapyStrike a Light is organising a fundraiser this week for small but award wining charity Music as Therapy. Party into the small hours & all for a good cause…

Music as Therapy Fundraiser

The Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton £5 (£3 concessions)

First World Pros – filtering western pop, rock, electronica and punk through the prism of African music. Including members of Django Spears, Carnival Collective and Mumford and Sons touring band.

First world pros.jpg

Gyratory Allstars – Soul Funk 8 piece who include ex-members of chart topping soul jazz-meisters Definition Of Sound, Rub Ultra and the Stomp world tour.

all-starsLos Toss – the name says it all! Quirky covers and infectious grooves.

With back to back music from Crawford and DJ Greek Boy

Buy tickets in advance online from Latest Music Bar, or on the door on the night from 8pm.

All money goes towards award winning Music as Therapy International. A UK registered charity with 20 years experience of devising and delivering innovative, high-impact music therapy projects around the world. They believe passionately in the power of music to make the most of people’s potential, overcoming obstacles such as disability, trauma and mental illness. Their aim is to make the unique and life-enhancing benefits of music available to as many vulnerable, marginalised people as possible.

We’d love to see you – Hope you can make it!


Select images taken by photographer Francesca Moore

The Orange Lilies project at Brighton event – 25th June

LITA Palace Pier.jpgOur new project The Orange Lilies will be taking part at Brighton’s Armed Forces Day this year on Saturday 25th June 9.30-2pm. It’s a free day and will see exhibitions, performance, music and drop in activities taking place at the Dome Studio and on New Road too.

Why not come along and say hello  and share your family history about Brighton and Hove in the Somme!

To find out more about this day, you can get in touch with the organiser

Images used with kind permission of the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books


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