Conversation Cafes – Free reminsicence sessions!

CONVERSATION CAFES

The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking  place on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery, Jubilee Library  and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome! 

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

We will be hosting a series of Twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), will use Holy Trinity, the plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

Book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646 

clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

Sessions organised in partnership with:

  • Strike A Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age(U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

cropped-img_1310There will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.

Information and copies of selected heritage materials found by our research group will be shared with older and younger people through our Conversation Cafe’s and Graffiti workshops, and intergenerational groups at our free Walking Tours,  Heritage Open Days events on Thursday 10th September 2015 and Thursday 8th September 2016 and Bi-Centennial celebration in 2017, increasing the reach and impact of our research.

Through this we aim to connect people with local places associated with WWI, through investigation of our locality, sharing our findings through Walking Tours of the area and events based at Fabrica (a Grade II* listed building).

Nicola Benge (Strike a Light) will work with members of University of the Third Age and other individuals to share stories, memories, family history and local history (using information generated by the Volunteer Researchers), and take part in object handling to establish a meaningful history of ordinary people’s lives in Brighton & Hove.

These will be recorded for posterity, inform the project as a whole and will help to build a long-lasting relationship between the participants and Fabrica.

Academics, historians and researchers will be incorporated into our activities, their research and skills enabling a high quality learning experience for volunteers and participants, and significantly enriching our public programme.

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The Boys on the Plaque – Heritage Open Days a success!

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The Boys on the Plaque launches with Heritage Open Days events

THE BOYS ON THE PLAQUE – HERITAGE OPEN DAY

We celebrated the launch of our WWI heritage project this month with our first public events as part of Heritage Open Days. This was a free afternoon of activities, events and talks which was a great opportunity to get the word out about our Boys, followed by a walking tour event on Friday 8th September at Fabrica gallery (our project partners), where we invited local people to come and see the plaque and share their stories.

We have a diverse and interesting afternoon of making WWI love token mementos, talks on Brighton and Hove during the Great War and about the Royal Pavilion as a hospital for soldiers, as well as sharing personal and community connections with the Holy Trinity church where Fabrica is now based.

We were treated to a fascinating talk from researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’, Jo Palache, plus an illuminating insight into The First World War in East Sussex project with Chris Kempshall. Gateways to the First World War‘s Lucy Noakes came to share project experiences and history and showcased part of a wider exhibition concerning WWI.

Project partner Brighton & Hove City Libraries shared WWI resources and images from their collection and encouraged people to find out more from their Ancestry software about their own personal heritage. In addition. Fiona Edwards our workshop artist for the event brought along a beautiful bundle of arts and crafts  and encouraged participants to make beautiful WWI keepsakes inspired love tokens from the war.

The project’s Volunteer Research Group was on hand to share their findings so far on the memorial and its’ Boys on the Plaque, including some family connections to our soldiers which really brought our project to life.

The Boys on the Plaque represent so many of the sons, brothers, fathers and uncles who fought and fell in the First World War, and this project will pay tribute to these men by telling their stories and considering the wider impact on the local community.

In 2017 it will be the Bi-Centennial of the Fabrica building, which was built in 1817, and it will be a fitting time to honour and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove.

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WALKING TOURS

We hosted a free heritage walking tour the following day led by popular local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. We took an interested group through Brighton’s Lanes area, from where many of our Boys on the Plaque lived. It was a really moving and enlightening experience, seeing buildings and venues in a whole new light and hearing the tales of residents past who went to war.

We even saw a hidden row of houses which despite having walked down that particular street many hundreds of times, have never noticed! The event was full booked and as a result,  Fabrica organised another tour for later in September to allow all those interested a chance to participate. We’re really pleased with how it went.

CONVERSATION CAFES 

For those interested in find out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton, then we will be running free, monthly Conversation Cafes every month from October 2015 – September 2016 at Fabrica gallery and Jubilee Library.

To register your interest, please email strikealight@rocketmail.com before 21st October.

Keep eating! Free events at The Keep archive this Saturday

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The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour – today!

downloadWe are holding our The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour with Dr Geoffrey Mead later today (Friday 11th September) so hope to see some of you at that at 6pm.

It is booked up now so if you haven’t booked already please don’t turn up.

We have another walking tour on Sunday 20th September, for which you can book tix for here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-the-boys-on-the-plaque-tickets-18451527014

Free Heritage Open Days events this week!

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Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.

These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:

Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

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!

Event Times
Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600
Booking Details
Book here: botphod.event

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.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.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.

Contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

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. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Event Times
Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required

Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com

Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

All 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 30 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.





Free walking tour date added to WWI project

BOTP LogoDue to popularity of our Brighton WWI walking tour date taking place on Friday 11th September as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days, we’ve added another date to our diary for a repeat tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead on Sunday 20th September.

You can book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-the-boys-on-the-plaque-tickets-18451527014

Donations welcome!

BBC Sussex Radio & Heritage Open Days

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Clare Hankinson of Fabrica from The Boys on the Plaque project had a lovely chat with Neil Pringle this morning on BBC Sussex Radio – check out the show by clicking BBC Sussex– She’s speaking about it on in the last 15minutes of the programme.

Also hoping we might find some family members of The Boys on the Plaque, and uncover some memories and local stories from WWI next week at our Heritage Open Days events, on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September.

Check out the list of names on the plaque here – you never know, you might be related to one of our Boys!

Workshop artist for Heritage Open Days

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Workshop artist Fiona Edwards has been confirmed to run a three hour creative drop in session at our free Heritage Open Days event at Fabrica gallery on Thursday 10th September 1-4pm.

Come and make a keepsake reminiscent of the love tokens and photo memorabilia of those leaving their loved ones during WW1.

A collage based workshop incorporating glue, fabric, sewing. The session will involve making folded paper frames that can be decorated and have participants’ own photos put in, or other images historically related.

Workshop participants can take their tokens home. There is a wonderful history of heart shaped love tokens constructed from textiles, medals, army badges, hankies and more from the First World War.

http://www.wickedfaerieproductions.com/index.php