National Life Stories oral history fellowship

This looks like a really good possibility for those of you working in the field of oral history or wishing to use oral histories in research or work:
6a00d8341c464853ef01538ec13fae970bNational Life Stories, the oral history charitable trust based at the British Library, is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2015.  The aim of the Fellowship is to increase public knowledge and awareness of oral history, particularly of the National Life Stories collections.

This award of £5,000 is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom who wishes to use the National Life Stories oral history collections to reflect on life stories and memory, and share the results of their research in the public domain.

The National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship will provide the recipient the time and space to listen in-depth to oral history material from across the collections. The award holder will become the Goodison Fellow for a period of three to six months, subject to agreement with the Awarding Panel. The Fellowship must commence in the period 1 January 2015 – 1 August 2015 and finish by 31 December 2015.

For more information and application details visit 

The closing date for applications is 1 October 2014 at 5pm.

Upcoming oral history project


Strike a Light just received some info about this interesting new project in the Hastings area. They’re looking for folk to get involved with their oral history project. A great way to learn new skills and work on a project of social importance and heritage.

Volunteer Role Description: Oral History Project

Role summary

An exciting opportunity to work with Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance, an established community group, to develop the History Project element of their work to record and promote hidden and marginalised voices from the LGB&T community.

Role description

You will work alongside the HRRA Committee and History Project volunteers to manage and develop the History Project. This will include:

  • Promoting participation in project by volunteers and interviewees
  • Undertaking oral history recording alongside other trained volunteers
  • Overseeing and undertaking transcription of oral history interviews
  • Liaising with the The Keep (historical resource centre in Falmer) regarding deposit of interviews and transcriptions
  • Applying for funding for development of the project – exhibitions, publications etc

Experience, skills and qualities required

  • In depth knowledge of LGB&T community
  • Interest in oral and community history
  • Oral history recording experience (desirable)
  • IT skills (desirable)


  • Induction meeting with HRRA Committee
  • Induction with previous History Project volunteer leads


You will report to a specific HRRA Committee member.


Home based – computer and internet connection required.


Estimated at 2-4 hours work per week, which can be undertaken flexibly.


Initial 3 month trial period, then minimum 12 months commitment.


Expenses incurred will be refunded e.g. training, travel. Approval of all expenditure to be given in advance by HRRA Committee.

For more information and to apply contact or call 07824 597378 and speak to Abi Luthmann (ex-HRRA Committee member and  History Project co-lead)


Heritage Open Days free Brighton film showing

oh what a lovely WarFabrica Film Club free event as part of Heritage Open Days

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)Fablogo

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!



War Stories: Voices from the First World War


Strike a Light is out and about this week and will be visiting some of the War Stories activities which are happening in and around Brighton and Hove as part of the Brighton Museum and Art gallery activities and events.

They are all free, so see you there!

12 July 2014 to 1 March 2015

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Free admission

Free gallery tour at Brighton Museum this Thursday about War Stories!

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 13 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

The diverse voices of individuals reveal both familiar and surprising stories of a war that profoundly changed British society. See the war through the eyes of a young girl born in 1914, an Indian soldier wounded on the Western Front and taken to hospital in the Royal Pavilion, soldiers from Brighton, including a Brighton & Hove Albion footballer, nurses and a gardener who was imprisoned for his pacifist beliefs.

Personal letters, diaries, art, photography, costume, film and memorabilia evoke the love, excitement, fear, bravery, grief, loss and longing that touched the lives of millions of people.

Reflections on our personal and collective acts of remembrance and commemoration explore the continuing impact of war on our lives.

Co financed by the European Regional Development Fund and made possible by INTERREG IV A 2Seas programme.
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