Film screening cancelled today

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the film screening for The Orange Lilies project due this morning at Fabrica gallery in Brighton ‘A Testament of Youth’ by the organisation Into Film has been cancelled.
We hope to reschedule early in 2017 with a different film.
Apologies for the short notice of this.

 

Dr Blighty schools workshops

We’ve been having a lovely time this month with local artists going in to schools across Brighton and Hove to deliver a variety of themed arts workshops with children and young people as part of the wider Dr Blighty project.

We’ve created seven different themes to engage young people in the city linking to Indian soldiers in Brighton in WWI, including making Diwali shadow puppets, creating memorials, offering Kandil lanterns and finding out more about the men who came here through a series of centenary biographies.

Find out more about the project as a whole through the organisation Nutkhut who’ve contracted us to deliver these sessions.

WWI Community History Event – places still available on 18/11

the-orange-lilies-community-history-event-18th-nov-2016-1To commemorate the end date of The Battle of the Somme and its’ effects on Brighton and Hove, we are holding a Community History Event at the University of Brighton this week.

We have seven free places left on this Brighton & Hove in the Somme event this Friday 18th November 2-5pm in Brighton.

If you’d like to attend this activity, then please book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-hove-in-the-somme-free-wwi-community-history-event-tickets-806544396

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WWI local history update from our The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project

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We were pleased to meet with local Brighton resident Mary Funnell recently through The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, and through her discovered a treasure trove of Brighton and Hove in WWI memories.

Mary’s paternal family had the surname Bamber and moved to first Portslade and then Brighton in around 1905 from London, when Alice Bamber (Mary’s paternal aunt) was five.

Mary remembers many of this side of her family and knew them well, many of them living to a ripe old age in the 1980s and 1990s, with Mary’s father being the youngest of the Bamber children.

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Emma Bamber was born in 1900 in Clapton (Hackney), London to William Eccleston Bamber and Emma Bamber (nee Robinson).

emma-robinson-bamber-photowilliam-bamber-photoWhen the family moved to Brighton to be closer to other members of the family, Mary remembers that her grandmother Emma ran a little shop on the Elm Grove…

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Brighton and Hove WWI display for Armistice Day – The Keep

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On Armistice Day, There will be a display of some original material from The Keep archive. One day only!
Friday 11th November 10am-4pm
We will be marking Armistice Day at The Keep with a free mini exhibition of archive material relating to the First World War. We’ll be including original newspapers, scrapbooks and photograph albums, soldiers’ letters, posters and more. For one day only, Friday 11 November, 10am – 4pm. All welcome!
The Armistice display will be in the ‘glass box’, which is the group work room between two reading rooms, so it isn’t going to be huge, but we’re including material from all The Keep’s partners so it should be an interesting mix and, we hope, an indication of the kinds of things people might hope to find here.

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Free Creative Workshops for Families – Jubilee Library

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Join us for FREE creative family activities at Jubilee Library, Brighton this November.
(Part of Nutkhut’s celebrated Dr Blighty project).
 
Drop in activities, no need to book!
 
11am-4.30pm Sunday 27th November
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
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Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:
 
* Make colourful Kandil lanterns – 11am – 4.30pm
* Design and create an Indian themed poster – 1.30 – 4.30pm
* Listen to Indian music
 
Part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project – Find out more about Indian soldiers at the Pavilion in WWI; make a poster, or Kandil lanterns, try Indian themed crafts, find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories & more.
 
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards
 
Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.

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Brighton and Hove in WWI – lives unfolding

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Alice bamber.jpgNicola Benge, Project Manager of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in The Somme gave a talk about the project recently at The British Legion pop in centre in Brighton.

The talk explored local lives during WWI, and the history of the city and its’ residents from 30th June to 18th November 1916.

If you’re interested in viewing the talk, it was created using the Prezi format to make it a wee bit more zingy, and which you can see here: https://prezi.com/zfyx8pdy5nhg/the-orange-lilies-brighton-hove-in-the-somme/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

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Dancing with Dementia project

Pleased to say that Strike a Light has been awarded a grant by the Trust for Developing Communities – Healthy Community Fund for a project called Dancing with Dementia.
 
The activities from this will take place with residents at Hyman Fine House in Kemptown, Brighton, which is a Jewish Care Home.
Looking forward to starting sessions there soon!
 

WWII events – Brighton & Hove

There’s still time to join The Secret WW2 Learning Network and its partners at 11am on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange for the official ‘grand reveal’ of four blue plaques in memory of four Brighton-born WW2 secret agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

This very special commemorative day will have the theme Carve Their Names With Pride
and the programme will continue during the afternoon with a unique book & film get-together.

for everyone who’s been inspired by WW2’s ‘secret warriors’ – with talks by special guests, book signings and short films – plus a bookshop by CITY BOOKS and a café
Admission to this all day event at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange will be FREE, but by invitation only and limited places are still available – Please email your request asap to: events@secret-ww2.net

There are many events during the same week and all can be found here: http://www.secret-ww2.net/events

This very special commemorative day will have the theme
Carve Their Names With Pride
and the programme will continue during the afternoon with a unique book & film get-together

for everyone who’s been inspired by WW2’s ‘secret warriors’ – with talks by special guests,

book signings and short films – plus a bookshop by CITY BOOKS and a café

Admission to this all day event at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange will be FREE, but by invitation only

and limited places are still available – Please email your request asap to: events@secret-ww2.net

Lewes during the Somme

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate, 1916: Lewes Remembers – 29 October to 20 November 2016

An exhibition of 80 light boxes in 65 windows throughout Lewes, 1916: Lewes Remembers will show work from the years of the First World War by Benjamin Reeves, grandfather of the present Reeves owner Tom Reeves.

This will include individual and group portraits of soldiers and their families, as well as civilian life during the war, and photographs of the thousands of men billeted in the town.  To help bring things to life, the photographs will be shown around Lewes in locations relevant to their subjects.

The Lewes Tourist Information Office will supply a free map of the light box trail.

In addition to the lightbox exhibition, there will be:

An exhibition in Lewes Town Hall bringing together photos of men from WWI and contemporary veterans, taken by Benjamin Reeves and Tom Reeves;

An exhibition in the Edward Reeves Studio gallery of studio portraits and town views taken by Benjamin Reeves during WWI;

Study Day in the All Saints Centre on Sunday 30 October 2016, featuring the 1916 War Office film The Battle of the Somme;

Also on Sunday 30 October 2016: Walk & Talk Tours of the light box display; Edward Reeves Studio Open Day featuring WWI exhibits, music, and readings 2-4pm; Town Hall Exhibition 1-4pm;

Remembrance Sunday event at the Lewes War Memorial, 13 November 2016;

Esterhazy Chamber Choir concert, Saturday 19 November 2016 – on the day after the Battle of the Somme ended 100 years ago the choir performs Songs of Farewell at St Michael’s Church, Lewes, 7:30pm.

See more about the Reeves archive here

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