The Boys on the Plaque project at Researching Lives of the Great War event

Our project The Boys on the Plaque will be presenting at this event in September:
Researching Lives of the Great War
Friday 4 September, Cloisters Chamber, University of Chichester, 12 – 5pm.
A research seminar and networking event for anyone interested in researching the history of the Great War, organised by the Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre and the University of Chichester.
If you are interested in researching the history of the First World War, either on a professional basis, as a member of a community group or as an individual, you are warmly invited to our research afternoon ‘Researching Lives of the Great War’. Focusing on the Great War in Sussex you will be able to find out more about three local projects which have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as hearing more about the support the Fund and the Gateways Centre can offer to projects that focus on the centenary of the war, and a talk from a leading historian on Sussex at War.
Tickets are free but must be reserved. Lunch and light refreshments are included.
Book a place here:
12:00 – 1.00: Lunch
1:00 – 1.15: Welcome and introduction to Gateways Centre.
1.15 – 2.00: Heritage Lottery Fund presentation and questions
2.00 – 2.45: Chris Kempshall, Project Officer, First World War Commemorations, East Sussex County Council: “Locating East Sussex in the First World War”
The County of East Sussex was, in many ways, located between the Home Front and the Western Front. It had a hugely important role in maintaining the army abroad and defending the country. This talk will examine how the memory of the War has changed in East Sussex and how the East Sussex First World War Project has approached the centenary in the region.
2.45 – 3.15: Tea break
3.15 – 3.45: Clare Hankinson, Fabrica: ‘The Boys on the Plaque’
3.45 – 4.15: Veronica Stephens, Zap Arts: ‘Home Fires’
4.15 – 4.45: Katherine Slay, West Sussex Record Office: ‘Graylingwell War Hospital, 1915-1919’
4.45 – 5.00: General discussion/networking.
5.00 End of event at the university.
5.30: The Legacy of Conflict: A Debate at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
100 years after the end of hostilities the legacy of WW1 is still a divisive subject. A panel of experts discuss the ongoing cultural impact of the Great War through W. Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered.
Places are free to attendees but must be booked through the theatre in advance:
Friday 4 September, 5.30pm, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Please note that by making this booking you are only reserving a place for the event at the University of Chichester. You will need to make a separate booking for the debate at the Minerva Theatre.
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Gallipoli screening and talk at Duke of York cinema


Cinema in the First World War

A talk by Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent) followed by a screening of Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981) at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton.

The Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton and Gateways to the First World War have co-organised this event as part of the centenary commemorations.

The cinema is hosting Gateways To The First World War’s mobile exhibition from 1st July which will culminate on the 23rd July in a special screening of Peter Weir’s poignant wartime drama Gallipoli, starring Mel Gibson.

Untitled Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent) who edited the exhibition, will introduce the screening with a free talk Cinema in the First World War.
After the Lumière brothers brought the cinema to Britain in February 1896, music hall managers and fairground entertainers were regularly showing short silent films. By 1910 there were 2900 cinemas in Britain, and in 1914 British people were visiting cinemas 2-3 times a week. The Entertainments Tax in May 1916 made cinema tickets more expensive, yet by January 1917 weekly attendance stood at 21 million tickets. The high demand for cinema showings in London warranted the creation in December 1917 of an open air cinema in Trafalgar Square. This short introductory talk will show how the cinema became the most popular form of entertainment in Britain.
This special event has a one-off special price of £5 per person payable at the Box Office only.


Free events this autumn!

Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery in Brighton are hosting two free events as part of Heritage Open Days this September.  These events are part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.v0_largeDetails for booking these free events here:
Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG
Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, with a mission to increase access to contemporary visual art to as broad an audience as possible. The Boys on the Plaque is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project that is inspired by WWI soldiers commemorated within the church, and seeks to reveal the histories of local people in Brighton & Hove.
During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.
This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War in East Sussex. 
Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.
A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

To attend this free event, you can book here:

Opening Times

Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

Access: Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building.

Additional information: The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.
This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646

WWI Walking Tour Brighton with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, Bn1 1AG

Walking Tour – Friday 11th Sept 2015, 6pm
The Lanes (Meeting at Fabrica gallery)
Free but donations welcome
Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point (
The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended.

Booking required in advance:

Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Opening Times

  • Friday 11 September: 1800-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Go to:
Booking opens: 15 July 2015 09:00
Booking closes: 11 September 2015 18:00


Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour.


The event takes place from the start point of Fabrica gallery which is a large contemporary visual gallery in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance.


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Special Daytime Events – Fabrica and Strike a Light

Special Daytime Events – Fabrica and Strike a Light participate in Fabrica’s gallery programme & enjoy contemporary art

Strike a Light will be creating a new Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton this autumn.
The event takes place at Fabrica on Thursday 10th September from 1-4pm as part of the wider The Boys on the Plaque project. This event is also part of the wider national Heritage Open Days events, so it’s all free! This event is also in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Libraries service.
Strike a Light has just booked a date for new events and film showings at Fabrica gallery this year for it’s special Daytime events, as part of their Growing an Older Audience project and linking with its’ Heritage Lottery funded The Boys on the Plaque project.
These will have a special World War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which are happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18. We will be curating this daytime event, and following it up with a related evening film. The event will host creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.
We are currently planning this year’s theme, so please check our web pages over the summer for updates on what exciting things we are planning to have at our next event.
Aimed at all, and especially older people. Visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way.
To find out more, or attend this event, please contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, BN1 AGH
01273 778646
@fabricagallery #boysontheplaque

You can see more below about previous events of this kind which Strike a Light has organised for Fabrica.
Fabrica worked with  Strike A Light to provide the unique Special Daytime Events outside of exhibitions, during 2011 – 2014.
Each of the events explored a specific theme, and offered a mixture of drop-in arts activities, screenings, talks and performances which could act as a taster for how Fabrica responds to ideas, and what we have on offer throughout the ongoing programme. We aim to give participants a unique, enjoyable day which is an un-pressured introduction to Fabrica, or a chance to catch up with us and other participants.

‘To learn and see what was going on. I didn’t understand what Fabrica meant. What it was all about. So I wanted to come and see.’

Stories Of The City participant
With each event, we learned more about our visitors, and were able to hone the structure and thematic planning of the day into a more successful and enjoyable experience.

‘It has inspired me, because it’s so different.’

Relativity participant



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Laughter Lines

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Stories of the City, Stories of the Sea

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‘I have met more people and made friends here today and we are going to meet afterwards.’
Stories Of the City participant
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