We’ve been having a lovely time this month with local artists going in to schools across Brighton and Hove to deliver a variety of themed arts workshops with children and young people as part of the wider Dr Blighty project.
We’ve created seven different themes to engage young people in the city linking to Indian soldiers in Brighton in WWI, including making Diwali shadow puppets, creating memorials, offering Kandil lanterns and finding out more about the men who came here through a series of centenary biographies.
Find out more about the project as a whole through the organisation Nutkhut who’ve contracted us to deliver these sessions.
To commemorate the end date of The Battle of the Somme and its’ effects on Brighton and Hove, we are holding a Community History Event at the University of Brighton this week.
We have seven free places left on this Brighton & Hove in the Somme event this Friday 18th November 2-5pm in Brighton.
If you’d like to attend this activity, then please book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-hove-in-the-somme-free-wwi-community-history-event-tickets-806544396
WWI local history update from our The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project
We were pleased to meet with local Brighton resident Mary Funnell recently through The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, and through her discovered a treasure trove of Brighton and Hove in WWI memories.
Mary’s paternal family had the surname Bamber and moved to first Portslade and then Brighton in around 1905 from London, when Alice Bamber (Mary’s paternal aunt) was five.
Mary remembers many of this side of her family and knew them well, many of them living to a ripe old age in the 1980s and 1990s, with Mary’s father being the youngest of the Bamber children.
Emma Bamber was born in 1900 in Clapton (Hackney), London to William Eccleston Bamber and Emma Bamber (nee Robinson).
When the family moved to Brighton to be closer to other members of the family, Mary remembers that her grandmother Emma ran a little shop on the Elm Grove…
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Brighton and Hove WWI display for Armistice Day
Nicola Benge, Project Manager of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in The Somme gave a talk about the project recently at The British Legion pop in centre in Brighton.
The talk explored local lives during WWI, and the history of the city and its’ residents from 30th June to 18th November 1916.
If you’re interested in viewing the talk, it was created using the Prezi format to make it a wee bit more zingy, and which you can see here: https://prezi.com/zfyx8pdy5nhg/the-orange-lilies-brighton-hove-in-the-somme/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
There’s still time to join The Secret WW2 Learning Network and its partners at 11am on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange for the official ‘grand reveal’ of four blue plaques in memory of four Brighton-born WW2 secret agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE).
This very special commemorative day will have the theme Carve Their Names With Pride
and the programme will continue during the afternoon with a unique book & film get-together.
for everyone who’s been inspired by WW2’s ‘secret warriors’ – with talks by special guests, book signings and short films – plus a bookshop by CITY BOOKS and a café
Admission to this all day event at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange will be FREE, but by invitation only and limited places are still available – Please email your request asap to: email@example.com
There are many events during the same week and all can be found here: http://www.secret-ww2.net/events
This very special commemorative day will have the theme
Carve Their Names With Pride
and the programme will continue during the afternoon with a unique book & film get-together
for everyone who’s been inspired by WW2’s ‘secret warriors’ – with talks by special guests,
book signings and short films – plus a bookshop by CITY BOOKS and a café
Admission to this all day event at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange will be FREE, but by invitation only
and limited places are still available – Please email your request asap to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An exhibition of 80 light boxes in 65 windows throughout Lewes, 1916: Lewes Remembers will show work from the years of the First World War by Benjamin Reeves, grandfather of the present Reeves owner Tom Reeves.
This will include individual and group portraits of soldiers and their families, as well as civilian life during the war, and photographs of the thousands of men billeted in the town. To help bring things to life, the photographs will be shown around Lewes in locations relevant to their subjects.
The Lewes Tourist Information Office will supply a free map of the light box trail.
In addition to the lightbox exhibition, there will be:
An exhibition in Lewes Town Hall bringing together photos of men from WWI and contemporary veterans, taken by Benjamin Reeves and Tom Reeves;
An exhibition in the Edward Reeves Studio gallery of studio portraits and town views taken by Benjamin Reeves during WWI;
Study Day in the All Saints Centre on Sunday 30 October 2016, featuring the 1916 War Office film The Battle of the Somme;
Also on Sunday 30 October 2016: Walk & Talk Tours of the light box display; Edward Reeves Studio Open Day featuring WWI exhibits, music, and readings 2-4pm; Town Hall Exhibition 1-4pm;
Remembrance Sunday event at the Lewes War Memorial, 13 November 2016;
Esterhazy Chamber Choir concert, Saturday 19 November 2016 – on the day after the Battle of the Somme ended 100 years ago the choir performs Songs of Farewell at St Michael’s Church, Lewes, 7:30pm.
See more about the Reeves archive here