Cyril Flower Martindale

The Orange Lilies - Brighton & Hove in the Somme

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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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FREE: Outing to The Day Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourn

Free outing to the Redoubt Fortress tomorrow for The Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition

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Cyril.JPGTomorrow our project group will be going on  trip to the Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne to find out more about the Battle of Boars Head (linked to The Orange Lilies project), where On just one fateful day in June 1916 in Richebourg, France, over 1000 men from Sussex were wounded or killed. https://www.facebook.com/events/903400313139490/

We are leaving in a minibus from Brighton and have a couple of spaces still for this trip, so please get in touch if you’d like to attend too: theorangelilies@gmail.com

See the new recruits marching out of Eastbourne station and uncover the disastrous tales of soldiers like Albert Thomas Hendley, a baker from Willingdon who returned on leave to make his wedding cake and was tragically killed just a month before his wedding. Be moved and inspired by their stories inFor Hearth, Home and Honour.

Venue – Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AQ

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Open Call for emerging Film makers aged 16 – 24

Film making opportunities for young people in Brighton and Hove on the new Orange Lilies- Brighton & Hove in the Somme project.

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tol-posterThe Orange Lilies Film Project – Call out for youth submissions

Deadline: Sunday 9th October 2016

Strike a Light are working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, Gateways to the First Wold War, and Fabrica gallery on The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Sommeproject, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are looking for young film makers aged 16-24 who would like to make a short film as part of The Orange Lilies film project strand – We seek creative and motivated people who would like the opportunity to make a short film in a supported environment, working with artists, researchers and project participants.

Four individuals or ‘film crews’ will work on an original idea, based on research undertaken in the project. Facilitated by the film project co-ordinator, you will access equipment and resources, and be invited to workshops to develop…

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Social Media Co-ordinator wanted

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QueenSpark Books is seeking a volunteer to develop its social media presence and content. We are seeking a self-motivated individual who can spare up to 5 hours per week, for three months, developing ideas, content and traffic for QueenSpark’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

You will work in collaboration with QueenSpark’s Development Director and Administrator in order to identify the broad content of your role; for this next period, it is anticipated that the majority of your work will be promoting QueenSpark’s forthcoming publication, Brighton’s Graphic War.

You will be able to work from home, although we have office space if required.

Please note: This is a rolling programme, so a new volunteer will be recruited every three months. The role is unpaid, although reasonable expenses will be covered. Ongoing references following your three-month engagement will be provided.

Please send an expression of interest outlining your skills and availability to admin@queensparkbooks.org.ukby Wednesday 28th September. Please indicate whether, if you are not selected for this three months, you might be interested in the role at a later date.

Social Media Coordinator Wanted!

Conscientious Objector Theatre, Brighton

The Tribunal

Your Country or Your Conscience?

By Sara Clifford

11th October 2016, 8pm. Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

FREE performance. Booking Essential:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tribunal-new-play-by-sara-clifford-at-the-marlborough-tickets-27828651245

1916 – At a time of war and political uncertainty, Conscientious Objectors were alternately praised and vilified. When Catherine Marshall goes to visit her fellow activist – and lover – Clifford Allen at Newhaven Fort, he is insisting on refusing to fight, which could send him back to gaol and to an early grave. Can she save him while still holding on to their ideals?

In a play full of modern resonances, the story asks what is worth fighting to the death?

Co -production by Zap Art & InSite (Veronica Stephens & Sara Clifford), directed by Nicola Blackwell.

There will also be a FREE Pre-show seminar on Conscientious Objection in WW1 hosted by Gateways to The First World War, Zap Art & InSite at The Marlborough Theatre from 6pm-7.30pm. Seminar tickets must be booked separately here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tribunal-pre-show-seminar-on-first-world-war-conscientious-objection-tickets-27726086471

This free and open seminar brings together three historians to present their research on conscientious objectors and military tribunals in the First World War. The main aim of this event is to elicit an academic discussion about this important and historically controversial First World War heritage in advance of a free showing of Sara Clifford’s The Tribunal. Each event must be booked separately.

Speakers:

Jenny Flood (Project Officer, Newhaven’s War, HLF funded project)

Dr Chris Kempshall (Project Officer for East Sussex County Council’s First World War Centenary Project)

The Revd. Dr Clive Barrett (Author of Subversive Peacemakers – War Resistance 1914–1918: An Anglican Perspective, chair of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and the Peace Museum in Bradford)

Talks will be followed by a Q and A session.

Funded by :

Arts Council England, East Sussex Arts Partnership, Newhaven and Seaford Town Council

Our Partners:

Gateways to the First World War, Charleston Trust, Newhaven Fort, The Marlborough Theatre

Blind Veterans UK, East Sussex County Council, Seaford Library, Newhaven Salvation Army Hostel Association, IWM Centenary Partnership Project.

Suitable for aged 12 years +

Please contact zapartevents@gmail.com for further information or if you have any special access requirements.

http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk

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

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Pav-Blues-cartoon.jpgJo 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.

FREE: Outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum. This takes place on 12th October 10-12pm. From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton.

To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity, at Brighton Museum. Researcher Jo Palache will talk about the stories behind it and her own project research.

This talk will take place in the Museum Lab, and will involve an illustrated talk on the hospital and this time…

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Testament of Youth-free film screening

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testament-of-youthAs part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton will be showing this special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth. This is a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain.

The film showing is 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd September 2016 at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG.

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: http://bit.ly/2codJzN

COST

FREE

RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP

11+

CURRICULUM SUBJECT/S

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FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS IN BRIGHTON THIS AUTUMN

tol-posterStrike a Light has organised a great programme of WWI themed events for autumn 2016.

For full details visit https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/events/.

9th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)

14th September, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe with visitors from the Brighton’s Graphic War book project (Boys on the Plaque)

14th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)

28th September, 10.30am – 3pm – Free outing to The Day That Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourne (The Orange Lilies)

12th October, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove (The Boys on the Plaque)

12th October, 10am – 12pm – Free outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum

18th October, 1.30 – 3pm – Free talk, slideshow and Q&A with The Orange Lilies project manager Nicola Benge at Brighton’s The British Legion pop in centre (The Orange Lilies)

8th November, 10am – Free outing to a showing of the film The Battle of the Somme (1916) at the Duke of York’s Cinema (organised by Gateways to the First World War and the Fedora Group)

11th November, 7 – 9pm – Free Brighton’s Graphic War launch for QueenSpark Books at The Lighthouse

18th November, 2 – 5pm – Free study afternoon marking the end of the Somme Centenary at the University of Brighton (The Orange Lilies)

22nd November (afternoon) – Free WW1 Film Club screening – ‘A Testament of Youth’ for secondary school pupils and teachers at Fabrica Gallery

23rd November (details TBC) – Film showing of ‘Oh! What A Lovely War!’

For further information about projects please contact Nicola Benge at theorangelilies@gmail.com

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died – where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell). The Orange Lilies follows a successful project, The Boys on the Plaque, which uncovered the stories behind a newly discovered First World War memorial plaque in the Fabrica Gallery.

Brighton’s Graphic War

20160914_160355.jpgWe had a really enjoyable Conversation Cafe this week as part of the HLF funded The Boys on the Plaque project in Brighton with local community publisher QueenSpark Books who specialise in projects about Brighton and Hove’s history.

Thanks to QueenSpark Books for coming, our participants loved the session! ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. A great idea and well presented. Thank you’.

Writer and mentor Tim Pilcher, and artist and mentor Paul Collicutt presented information to our group about a new WWI themed graphic novel project due for publication this November 2016, Brighton’s Graphic War.

QueenSpark Books have been working with young people (age 15-24) across Brighton & Hove, to produce a print and online graphic novel based on the lives of the people of Brighton & Hove up to and including the First World War. The project involves local stories and images from the period between 1900-1920 to create and tell some of the lesser known histories of the City.

Material has been drawn from the archives of QueenSpark Books, Brighton & Hove Museum and The Keep, to develop creative learning through exploration of the City’s history.

The 100th anniversary of the Great War marks a moment in time where the organisation could creatively engage young people in understanding the lives of their forebears, and the impact the War had on this city and its people. Under the guidance of experienced professionals from the comics/graphic novel world, participants have been encouraged to use their creativity to work on a graphic novel depicting the lives of the ‘ordinary’ people of the time.

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We also discussed our new project read Love Letters of the First World War which looks like it’s going to be a popular book.

October’s Conversation cafe will be on 12th October 2.30-4.30pm and this will be the final session of the project.

We welcome researchers from The Boys on the Plaque project who will discuss their findings about soldiers who served or fell in the Great War but who attended the Holy Trinity Church (now Fabrica gallery).

They will share these findings with the group, and Strike a Light will be compiling these into a small book in 2017, in time for the bi-centenary of Fabrica and its’ venue.

See you next month!

 

Conversation Cafe – September

QS_Twitter Header.pngThis session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.

We’ll be meeting at the slightly later time this month on Wednesday 14th September of 3-5pm at Fabrica gallery, so that those who would like to can attend a related free WWI walking tour of the North Laine part of Brighton at 6pm departing from the gallery with the historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. See details here.

We are looking forward to welcoming writer Tim Pilcher and artist Paul Collicutt, to discuss their involvement in QueenSpark Books’ new World War One themed graphic novel project Brighton’s Graphic War.

9780230772830Love Letters of the Great War.jpgWe will also be reviewing the novel The Suicide Club which we’re finishing, and picking up our new and final WWI era book Love Letters of the Great War, which is kindly on loan from the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for the project.

Many of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; and a number share sweet dreams of home.

But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.

This event is part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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.

https://strikealight.org/…/the-boys-on-…/conversation-cafes/