Free research training for WWI project

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** If you would like to get involved with The Orange Lilies project as a participant or volunteer, or have memories or artefacts about The Battle of Boar’s Head, or Brighton and Hove memories of the Somme, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! **

If you’re interested in WWI history related to Brighton and Hove, family history, local research, or working on creative projects with young people, then do get in touch. We’d love to have you involved in this exciting new project.

We’re currently seeking Volunteer Archive Researchers to support knowledge and history throughout this project. If you’re interested in getting involved then do get in touch. Training will be given.

The project focuses 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.

Visit our The Orange Lilies project website here, get in touch and share family history, join in and receive training as a volunteer researcher and attend activities, events and films, all commemorating the city in the Somme.

Email: and we’ll get back to you soon.

With thanks to Mary Funnell  and Patricia Field for permission to use the above images.


Free Diwali events – Black History Month Family Day Celebration

Sunday 30th October 10am-5pm 

We’ll be delivering free drop in Diwali themed activities for Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project at this family day at the Brighton Dome on Sunday 30th October. A free all day, family celebration, taking place in Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.

Join in this annual all-day celebration of local arts and heritage. With a multitude of free children’s activities including face painting, an all- day crafts area and story-telling by Banyan Tree Theatre Group.

Enjoy pop up singing and talks, a Zumba workshop & an opening ceremony drumming procession. Plus music from African Night Fever DJ & DJ Task.

Have your head wrapped in the latest styles, design and print and own your own tote bag, then learn to dance Azonto – and of course, don’t leave without tasting something delicious from the food stalls from Africa and Asia.

Part of the weekend-long programme Africa Arts Festival at Brighton Museum.

Conversation Cafe – October


The Orange Lilies Brighton talk

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FREE: Talk with Project Manager Nicola Benge of The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Sommeproject (funded by the HLF) about WWI in Brighton and Hove. There will also be a short introduction by Dr Sam Carroll of the Gateways to the First World War project.

This takes place at Brighton and Hove’s The British Legion pop in centre who are running their own WWI centenary project and organised by BL advisor Su Coleman.

Martindale photo collection.JPGTea and biscuits provided.

Email to book your free place or call the Royal British Legion booking line: 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week (calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks).

We’ll have exhibition panels on display on the Battle of Boar’s Head courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

Free Refreshments

All welcome!

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From the Somme to Brighton: the stories of two ‘Pavilion Blues’

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operation-room-kitchener-hospital.jpgFREE: Outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum.

From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton.

Jo Palache, researcher for ‘Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity’ at Brighton Museum, shares the tales of two of the amputees who were treated at the Pavilion Military Hospital and discusses how their individual stories helped her learn more about the lives of the patients at the hospital.

This will take place in the Museum Lab on Wednesday 12th October from 10am -12pm. The illustrated talk will cover the hospital and WWI, as well as giving some background, on the individual stories of soldiers Albert Clay and George Fulkes.  Both fought on the Somme, although Albert was wounded later.

To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues:…

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WWI archive research session – The Orange Lilies project

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FREE: Research training session at The Keep archive with Research Coordinator Ross Hammond for The Orange Lilies- Brighton and Hove in the Somme project.

Not everyone is able to attend the whole day, so welcome to come along when you can, or leave when you need to. If you’re attending for the whole session, please bring a packed lunch.

This will be a chance to become a member of The Keep and some more advice about using the services there. There is no pressure to stay the whole day but I will be there from 11am – 4pm to offer any help.
The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for…

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Free Half Term Diwali Celebration – Brighton & Hove

dr-blighty-poster-for-eventsJoin Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in the market square at Brighton’s Open Market –  Free Half Term Diwali Celebrations this October (part of Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project).

Drop in activities, no need to book!

10am-4pm Friday 28th October

Come along and join in the Diwali festival of light celebration fun over Brighton and Hove half term week with free workshops – artists, food, Kathak and Bollywood dance and more.

Diwali is a Hindu festival with lights, held in the period from October to November.

It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India.

Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:

* Make colourful Kandil lanterns
* Make clay diya lights
* Create Diwali character puppets
* Listen to Indian music
* Watch a Bollywood Dance display:11.30pm, 12.30pm and 2pm
* Join a Indian Kathak dance workshop at 10.45am and 3.15pm with Eve Zandi
* Watch a Kathak dance performance 2.30pm


Other activities include :

Priya Henna tattoos stall
Firefly face painting
Indian Food stall
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.



Free Dr Blighty Schools workshops and events


Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running a series of free educational workshops in Brighton and Hove as part of the Dr Blighty project in October and November 2016.

We are currently scheduling our activities and a variety of workshops for both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the city, as well as a variety of free outings too. We can currently offer the following activities, and are happy to come to your school more than once for a different workshop too if you would prefer.

Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage ( is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut for the duration of the project.

Activities booking form here:
Schools information here:

If your school or educational provider would be interested in accessing free activities do please contact us: strikealight@rocketmail.comWorkshops offered:

Key Stage 2:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI

Key Stage 3:

Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Soldier biographies  – WWI

Dr Blighty Free Outings:

Free Half Term Diwali event day – 10am-4pm Friday 28th October, Open Market, Brighton – Come along and make Diwali lanterns, clay diya lights, listen to Indian music, have henna tatoos, and more (age 5 upwards)

Outings to Royal Pavilion, and Indian Soldiers exhibition, Brighton – Week days in November, dates to suit schools 1-1.5 hours duration (or with added talk for longer session) (Key stage 2 and 3)

The Battle of the Somme film showing – Tuesday 8th November 10.30-12.30pm (ages 12 upwards)

Testament of Youth Film Showing – 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd November at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. (ages 11 upwards).

This is a special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth, a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain. The screening will also host a speaker to give historical context, as well as free popcorn and drinks for viewers.

This screening is aimed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Brighton and Hove at Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms, Colleges and also alternative educational groups, such as Home Education Networks. Ages 11 upwards.

To book a class on this event, find out more here:


The Orange Lilies Community History Event – 22nd November


tol-posterThe Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project welcomes booking for a free upcoming WWI community history event commemorating the end of The Somme in Brighton and Hove.

Come along on Friday 18th November 2-5pm to hear speakers, view exhibitions and resources, and enjoy free tea and pastries courtesy of the Gateways to the First world War project.

To book your free place, please visit:

Details below  and here: the-orange-lilies-community-history-event-18th-nov-2016

Contact: with any queries


Cyril Flower Martindale

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Very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet Patricia Reed recently, the daughter of Cyril Flower Martindale who served with The Royal Sussex Regiment as part of the former Southdowns battalion (also known as Lowther’s Lambs) at the Battle of Boar’s Head. Although born in Watford, he grew up in Brighton and lived there apart from during WWI and WWI all his life.

This key battle, taking place on 30th June 1916 (the day before the start of the Somme) was also known as The Day Sussex Died, a diversionary battle to disguise plans for The Somme offensive which went horribly wrong, and left many hundreds of Sussex men dead or injured on the same day.

Cyril was injured with shrapnel at the battle and taken to hospital to recuperate, which meant that he didn’t then participate in the Battle of the Somme, something which is daughter feels…

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