Shalom Sussex Symposium

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is hosting a one day symposium for the Shalom Sussex – Jewish People in WWI project on Tuesday 10th December 2-7pm.

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked, we have a few spaces left:

Speakers include – Dr Diana Wilkins – Shalom Sussex Research Coordinator, Gideon Reuveni – Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, and Professor Mark Connelly a specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s.

Event timings:

2.15pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager introduction

2.30pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins

3.30pm: Professor Mark Connelly – Director of Gateways to the First World War

4.30pm: Dr Gideon Reuveni – Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies discusses his new co-edited book and the wider topic of The Jewish Experience of the First World War

5.30pm: Drinks and light festive buffet.

The symposium takes place at:
Room 105, University of Brighton, 154-155 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JG


Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC, in partnership with the Centre for German-Jewish Studies,
Jewish Care and the Jewish Historical Society of England is facilitating this project
Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI.

The project focuses on the contribution Jewish people in Sussex made during the First World War – both on the home-front and abroad on the battlefield.

To mark the end of the Centenary of the First World War, between March 2019-March 2020,  this  project is enabling people in Sussex to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the Jewish people who lived locally during and post the First World War to collect these hidden histories.

Archives Alive – New reminiscence sessions across Brighton and Hove

We’re pleased to be delivering 18 distinct Reminiscence sessions with older people across Brighton and Hove for QueenSpark Books between now and March 2020 for their Archives Alive project, which is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Since 1972 QueenSpark Books has been dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories. They do this through publishing oral histories or creative responses to local history, via books, e-books, exhibitions, events, websites and other projects.

We’ll be exploring local memories and personal histories in Portslade with the Memories Past group, central Brighton at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme & Kemptown through Hyman Fine House Jewish Care residence.

We’ll be using four books created by QueenSpark in summer 2019 which have been recently published and have encouraged researchers to delve into the archives of existing books to share memories in a more contextualised way.
You can find out more about these publications here:

Silver Foxes group to start!

We’re pleased to announce that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is has received further funding for our reminiscence group aimed at older people called Silver Foxes. The group is based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group  will be on alternate Fridays at 2pm starting on 15th November 2019 and will meet until end May 2020.

We will be exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.