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.

https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

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

Access

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.

Directions

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

Website

theorangelilies.wordpress.com/
theorangelilies.wordpress.com/blog/

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 –

Introduction
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

Access

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

Directions

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

Website

strikealight.org/projects/ale-and-hearty/

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)

Bands:
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!

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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 diane.coe@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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

Get involved with our new project!

LITA - Black RockGet involved with our new The Orange Lilies project which has just begun and which is researching and commemorating the role of Brighton and Hove born Royal Sussex Regiment soldiers in the battle of the Somme in 1916.

We’re seeking volunteer researchers, project participants, young people who are interested in learning about making short films, and creative young people to participate in a series of free textile workshops between June 2016 and June 2017. If you would like to find out more, then have a look at our new project website here or email theorangelilies@gmail.com to participate in the project.

We’d love to hear your stories, find out about family history, uncover information about Brighton and Hove at home during the battle of the Somme, and those city soldiers abroad who served on the battlefields and what happened to them.

We’ve started to uncover stories about soldiers like Private Frederick George Stoner who died on 28th October 1916 and who’s name is engraved on the memorial at Thiepval in the Somme, France. Here he writes a postcard is to his sister Ellen (‘Nellie’) Elizabeth Stoner (later Simmons) in 1916. The front of the postcard shows ‘Inside of the church’ at Eclusier-Vaux in the Somme.

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

Strike a Light starts new project – The Orange Lilies

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £9,900 to The Orange Lilies Project by Strike a Light to mark First World War Centenary

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Image: Gertrude Coggins, ticket collector, Brighton Station 1915-1919 (centre, seated). Photographs by kind permission of Gerald Wheatley. Thanks to the East Sussex in World War I project.

Today, Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on 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.

From June 2016 – June 2017, intergenerational 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. Using 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.

The Royal Sussex Regiment acquired The Orange Lilies tag after receiving permission from William of Orange to bear orange facings on uniforms. This regimental nickname continued into the 20th century, hence our project title.

We will highlight notable lives including Bob Whiting, a Brighton and Hove Albion footballer serving in France before going AWOL during the Battle of the Somme, Albert Patching from a well-known Portslade family, and Arthur Virgo who died at Boar’s Head on 30th June 1916. We will research Brighton born soldiers who served with the Southdowns, and three local ‘pals’ battalions: the 11th, 12th and 13th Royal Sussex Regiment. Recruited from all over Sussex, but significantly volunteer soldiers in Brighton and Hove who represented a wide cross section of this community.

We will produce a series of creative outcomes, remembering those lost at the key Battle of Boar’s Head and The Somme, memorialising soldiers fighting during this epic part of the Great War. These local men are the ordinary, forgotten heroes of WWI, also known as Lowther’s Lambs. There is no memorial to the Battle of the Boar’s Head in Brighton. We will address that through connecting this tangible heritage with the present, creating a digital monument accessible to all, promoting wider public knowledge of the centenary, sharing new research with participants and volunteers, new audiences and project partners, and with young and older people, through events, heritage activities and film.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Brighton and Hove to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the Somme. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like, with support from project partners, specialist academics, military advisers, local authority employees and archivists, as well as young people, older groups, participants and project staff.

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Image: Postcard of Black Rock sent by the wife of a Brighton Somme soldier. Thanks to the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books.

A wider, digital audience will be reached through our films, blog and social media presence extending the project legacy for another seven years, for future researchers, relatives and the local community to benefit. With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about The Orange Lilies, and the Somme in SussmS196cRpZYwDpwRZ0xE8SSAex.

This project, whilst building on existing successful collaborative partnerships, differs in its’ focus from other Sussex World War I projects. It is a new discrete project from Strike a Light with young people and an intergenerational focus at its heart in terms of activities and outlook, finding creative ways to commemorate soldiers through the medium of film and textiles, created by young people (age 15-25), showing their creative heritage response to the events of the centenary in Brighton, presenting new, local interpretations of the Somme for this WWI centenary.

Commenting on the award, The Orange Lilies Project Coordinator Nicola Benge said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and pleased we can at last research and remember soldiers from Brighton and Hove in Sussex Regiments who died so tragically at Boar’s Head and The Somme.”

 

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Nicola Benge, Project Manager – The Orange Lilies    
Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage
07727006538

theorangelilies@gmail.com

https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

@strikerlight

#orangelilies

 

Pavilion Blues

2016-06-08 14.58.00An enjoyable session today at Brighton Museum at the Pavilion Blues exhibition with participants from our Boys on the PlaqueConversation Cafes group who meet on the second Wednesday of every month.

Nicola Benge of Strike a Light escorted the group to visit the exhibition, and had a guided talk by curator Jo Palache who explained how difficult it had been to find the artefacts now on display with a bit of detective work to track images down.

Some of the items had been found under the floorboards of the Royal Pavilion much later after the time when it serves as a hospital for limbless men recovering from their time in battle in World War I.

2016-06-08 14.44.02Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity

From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton. To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity, at Brighton Museum.

After the closure of the Indian Military Hospital in the early months of 1916, the Royal Pavilion was refitted to provide speciali2016-06-08 14.41.11st treatment and rehabilitation to servicemen who had one or more limbs amputated.

The treatment could take between three to six months in order to ensure the patients’ wounds had healed sufficiently for the men to return to civilian life.

The exhibition carries on until November 2016 and we recommend a visit to the museum to view it!

Next Conversation Cafe

Our next Conversations Cafe event will be taking place on Wednesday 13th July at the Rare Books archive in Jubilee Library (Second Floor), Brighton. Free. From 2.30-4.30pm.

We welcome historian Dr Anne Logan who will be discussing the role of women in the First World War. She specialises in nineteenth and 20th century British social history and women’s history.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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