Digital Works new project

pattern-booksInteresting new project on the go from Digital Works based on the fabric industry in Kent. Called the Fabric of our Town, they’ve created a fascinating film about a thriving and long-lasting industry that only ended at the beginning of this century but saw workers fight the poor law, support chartism, strike for fair pay, forced to steal turnips to survive and ended up in the workhouse.

There are some great interviews with workers from the last surviving factory and some wonderful archive footage of the processes they went through.

You can see the film here: http://www.digital-works.co.uk/news/fabric-of-our-town-project/

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Ale and Hearty logo

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Our new Ale and Hearty project logo has arrived!

It features an agricultural worker carrying hops, and a brewery worker with a beer barrel, with the Sussex Downs and chalky cliffs of Lewes in the background. We really like it!

Thanks to Mark Pembrey for his designs. You can see his work here: http://www.markpembrey.com/

See some of the earlier versions below:

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Ale and Hearty launch event – Friday 8th March 6-9pm Free

Friday 8th March: Ale and Hearty project launch

An event tailor-made for nostalgic Lewesians, as the Ale and Hearty project launch heralds the excuse (as if any were needed) for a year-long celebration of the town’s renowned brewing heritage. With all sorts of activities being planned to commemorate what was formerly a burgeoning industry (the town supported no fewer than nine working breweries) it looks like 2013 may be a fine vintage for ale drinkers, artists and social historians alike.

All welcome but please email aleandheartylewes@gmail.com to be added to the guest list.

At the Linklater Pavilion, from 6-9pm on Friday March 8th.

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Ale and Hearty – on the radio!

linkpavStrike a Light has been on Brighton’s Radio Reverb this week talking about our Ale and Hearty project in Lewes and the upcoming project launch at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes on Friday March 8th from 6-9pm. You can listen to the show here: http://radiozerobrighton.podomatic.com/entry/2013-02-13T05_07_44-08_00

We also surface on BBC Sussex today talking about the project: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7r9

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