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Strike a Light - Arts & Heritage CIC is an arts and heritage organisation and Community Interest Company which focuses on involving people’s life stories and local memories to engage a wide range of groups and individuals in creative and heritage activities, encouraging engagement and outreach as well as involving memories and archive material; making art to transform public and private spaces.

Strike a Light at Legacies of First World War Conference – This weekend

Our creative director Nicola Benge is pleased to be speaking at the Legacies of the First World War Festival in Birmingham this weekend.
She will be looking at some of the projects Strike a Light have worked on over the past four years with a special focus on those which explore the black and minority ethnic contributions to the war. 
These projects include Dr Blighty, Trench Brothers and The Unremembered.
 
This two day community history conference is free to attend and has the noted historian David Olusoga as keynote speaker on the first day.
 
Come and experience some great histories and legacies of WWI.
You can book for any or all of the events including both conference days, and the evening event. Come join us!
 
Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The University of Birmingham Centre is a joint initiative across the Midlands with Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester, and further afield with Cardiff University, University of Durham, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University.
The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and supports a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.

Health, Heritage and Memory Hub

Nicola Benge, Creative Director of Strike a Light will be speaking at this event hosted by the University of Brighton on Friday 22nd March.

This event organised by Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories will explore how health, heritage and memory intersect in research and learning both across the academy and community.  It will also offer opportunities to develop research and community projects, find out about funding opportunities and potential bid writing collaborations, and share information about archives, resources or funding opportunities.

In recent years there has been increasingly acknowledgement of the important role that heritage, whether it’s the built environment or a more expanded notion of cultural heritage, can play in terms of fostering a sense of ‘belonging’ and well-being that’s related to identity and a shared memory of the past.

Our hub will circle questions such as: What is the human experience of well-being? In what ways do memory and heritage have a role to play in the human experience of well-being? We are interested in gathering illustrations of heritage as a context to understand health and historical health care and in finding ways of examining the distinctions between health and well-being and how these are both linked to the concerns of cultural memory and heritage, here heritage can add to our understandings of health and well-being.

Come and find out more about the Health, Heritage and Memory Hub at this networking event that is intended for any individual, group or organisation from the across the public, community or academic spheres.

Free to attend.

Booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-heritage-and-memory-hub-cross-disciplinary-networking-event-tickets-55898174946

Image rights: The 18-seater pram, Park Royal Hospital, London, 1925. Wellcome Trust Collection.

Arts Assistants for Rise & View Krew Holiday Club

About the opportunity

An opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience  as a volunteer if you are interested in getting involved with and finding out more about youth and community arts this April – August 2019.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running ten days of drop in arts activities at the Rise & View Krew kids holiday club at the URC, Lewes Road, next to Saunders Park Rise, Brighton this spring and summer. 

The group is free to attend and open to children ages 5-11 (must be accompanied by an adult or carer ages 5-8).

We are looking for one or two people who would be interested in getting involved and attending the sessions on a support basis for the key people who will be delivering activities during this time. The sessions will be from 2-5pm for each session but will involve setting up and packing away before and after.

Activity dates are as follows:

1. Friday 12th April

2. Tuesday 16th April

3. Thursday 18th April

4. Thursday 30th May

5. Tues 30th July

6. Tues 6th August

7. Fri 9th Aug

8. Tues 13th August

9. Tues 20th Aug

10. Tues 27th August

Activities are provided by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage and include arts and crafts. Sessions include a healthy snack.

You can find out more on our website here: https://strikealight.org/rise-view-krew/

And through the Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

About Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

Strike a Light is an arts and heritage organisation. We use people’s life stories and memories and make art to transform public and private spaces. Strike a Light aims to work with and for the arts and heritage community in the South East. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC).

As a skilled and professional organisation with a team of independent associates, we offer a varied team with the experience to meet your requirements. We deliver projects, activities and support for heritage venues, arts organisations, archives, educational settings and local authorities.

We do this through funded activities, reminiscence and oral history, hidden heritage, mosaic and crafts as well as more strategically with: Audience development planning, access, audience development, evaluations, learning plans and schools engagement.

What are we looking for?

One or two volunteers who have a creative flair, and are interested in learning about working with young people, creative and community arts and working with a Brighton arts and heritage organisation with a view to gaining new skills and working with new people.

This would ideally be a graduate or student who is studying art or design, or who has an interest in creative arts and education through other means. 

The project will engage with ages 5 upwards for the duration.

The sessions will all be based at URC, Lewes Road (next to Saunders Park Rise), Brighton BN2 4EU

Practical Considerations

Strike a Light Offers: 

1. A great opportunity to help a growing arts and heritage CIC to expand and network 
2. An opportunity to enhance your work portfolio that will look good on your CV and provide you with further opportunities. 
3. A reference for any future employer or training course. 
4. Thanked on our website and social media and included in our project acknowledgements 
5. Invited to come along and see how your help is making a difference to peoples lives. 
6. So much more than just a volunteer role.

We will supply a DBS check (for those supporting the activity as a volunteer for the ten sessions) for those who are working on the project with young people.

We will supply a reference and offer training to successful candidates.

Reminiscence West Sussex starts this week

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage starts its bespoke reminiscence training this Thursday to staff and volunteers at West Sussex County Council Library Services.

We will be delivering five training days at different libraries for the West Sussex Libraries Service between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

Silver Foxes

We’re seeking a volunteer reminiscence facilitator to help support our Silver Foxes group which meets every Tuesday from 11-12pm in a central Brighton Sheltered Housing scheme.

Do get in touch if you’d like to get involved, learn new skills and become a part of your local community. Support will be given.

https://do-it.org/oppo…/b0e8047c-720e-485c-b9d3-01b9db05aa1e

This group is open to all over 60 and is free to attend.

We are 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!

Contact strikealight@rocketmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

Researchers wanted for Shalom Sussex project!

If you’re interested in WWI history related to Judaism and Sussex, family history, local research, or working on creative and heritage projects, then get in touch!

We’d love to have you involved in our exciting new project starting in April 2019.

We’re currently seeking Volunteer Archive Researchers to support knowledge and history throughout this project. If you’re interested in getting involved then do get in touch. Training will be given.

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 the project Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI.

The project will focus 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 will enable 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.

Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant.

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/get-involved/

Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI will profile the contribution Jewish people in Sussex made during the First World War – both on the home-front and abroad on the battlefield.

Jewish people make up a small part of the Sussex demographic, and with partners and participants we have realised how little information is available about this topic. We seek to research, explore and share this hidden history. 

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Through this year-long project we will explore local Jewish lives between 1914-1918, researching family experiences, traditions and religious memories. We will focus on investigating military service through archival publications such as the British Jewry Book of Honour to ensure stories aren’t lost for future generations, whilst seeking insight into Jewish life in Sussex at this key moment in history.

We will research turbulent events during this time: Internment, women in domestic and military life, military experiences and keeping kosher during this time of hardship.

We will highlight lives such as Florence Oppenheimer, who trained as a nurse (later a celebrated Jewish cook) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in 1914, receiving a citation from Winston Churchill, Secretary of State for War, Capt. Joseph Friend of the Sussex Yeomanry, Leonard George Marks who served with the Royal Sussex Regiment and was killed in France, as well as children’s lives and school days too.

We seek to uncover and promote Jewish history related to World War I and share this with both Jewish and non-Jewish people to commemorate and celebrate this faith group and local lives.

The main focus of our project will be the creation of a community history website to collect new archive material, as well as to share this heritage publicly. In keeping with Jewish tradition, this site will enable visitors to respect ancestors so that their passing can be commemorated.

We will explore the Jewish Chronicle archive, Jewish Care archives, local conscription and hospital documents as well as synagogue records including those at Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton.

Over the next year, we will train volunteer researchers to find and collect new information, contextualising existing material to create a new community resource which will then be archived at The Keep, Brighton. Gateways to the First World War will support us to provide archival training specifically to develop this theme enabling volunteers to gain new skills.

We are organising a community history conference to offer a further engagement which the Jewish Historical Society of England will support. This will focus on themes such as – Internment in Sussex, Reprisals against Sussex based German and Austrian Jews, Jewish soldiers and nurses and conscientious objectors identifying as Jewish.

Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant. Follow our website to find out about events and activities between March 2019 and March 2020..

Our project partners are Jewish Care, Centre for German-Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Historical Society of England.

This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund through a First World War – Then and Now grant. Thanks to National Lottery players for their charitable support to help deliver this project.

We have also received funding from Jewish Care and the Sussex Record Society.

Shalom!

 

 

Rise & View Krew holiday Club

Introducing Strike a Light‘s new kids holiday club for Saunders Park – Rise & View Krew

The group is free to attend and open to children ages 5-11 (children aged 5-8 years must be accompanied by an adult or carer).

Activities are at the United Reform Church, Lewes Road, entrance opposite Saunders Park Rise.

Sessions are 2-5pm on the following dates:

1. Friday 12th April
2. Tuesday 16th April
3. Thursday 18th April
4. Thursday 30th May
5. Tues 30th July
6. Tues 6th August
7. Fri 9th Aug
8. Tues 13th August
9. Tues 20th Aug
10. Tues 27th August

Activities are provided by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage by enhanced DBS checked artists and facilitators, and include arts and crafts events. Sessions include a healthy snack.

Join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for more info.

Booking free but necessary

Silver Foxes

We’re pleased to announce further funding for the Silver Foxes group from The Homity Trust. This means our group can continue until the summer.

Thanks to them we will be able to continue with weekly activities with older people at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme until later this summer! This group is open to all over 60 and is free to attend.

The group meets every Tuesday each week from 11-12pm.

We are 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!

Contact strikealight@rocketmail.com if you’d like to attend or know someone who would.

Shalom Sussex project starts

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to present a new project starting in March 2019 and running until March 2020. Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI will profile the contribution Jewish people in Sussex made during the First World War – both on the home-front and abroad on the battlefield.

Jewish people make up a small part of the Sussex demographic, and with partners and participants we have realised how little information is available about this topic. We seek to research, explore and share this hidden history. Visit our new project website to find out more: http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI will profile the contribution Jewish people in Sussex made during the First World War – both on the home-front and abroad on the battlefield.

Jewish people make up a small part of the Sussex demographic, and with partners and participants we have realised how little information is available about this topic. We seek to research, explore and share this hidden history. 

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Through this year-long project we will explore local Jewish lives between 1914-1918, researching family experiences, traditions and religious memories. We will focus on investigating military service through archival publications such as the British Jewry Book of Honour to ensure stories aren’t lost for future generations, whilst seeking insight into Jewish life in Sussex at this key moment in history.

We will research turbulent events during this time: Internment, women in domestic and military life, military experiences and keeping kosher during this time of hardship.

We will highlight lives such as Florence Oppenheimer, who trained as a nurse (later a celebrated Jewish cook) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in 1914, receiving a citation from Winston Churchill, Secretary of State for War, Capt. Joseph Friend of the Sussex Yeomanry, Leonard George Marks who served with the Royal Sussex Regiment and was killed in France, as well as children’s lives and school days too.

We seek to uncover and promote Jewish history related to World War I and share this with both Jewish and non-Jewish people to commemorate and celebrate this faith group and local lives.

The main focus of our project will be the creation of a community history website to collect new archive material, as well as to share this heritage publicly. In keeping with Jewish tradition, this site will enable visitors to respect ancestors so that their passing can be commemorated.

We will explore the Jewish Chronicle archive, Jewish Care archives, local conscription and hospital documents as well as synagogue records including those at Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton.

Over the next year, we will train volunteer researchers to find and collect new information, contextualising existing material to create a new community resource which will then be archived at The Keep, Brighton. Gateways to the First World War will support us to provide archival training specifically to develop this theme enabling volunteers to gain new skills.

We are organising a community history conference to offer a further engagement which the Jewish Historical Society of England will support. This will focus on themes such as – Internment in Sussex, Reprisals against Sussex based German and Austrian Jews, Jewish soldiers and nurses and conscientious objectors identifying as Jewish.

Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant. Follow our website to find out about events and activities between March 2019 and March 2020..

Our project partners are Jewish Care, Centre for German-Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Historical Society of England.

This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund through a First World War – Then and Now grant. Thanks to National Lottery players for their charitable support to help deliver this project.

We have also received funding from Jewish Care and the Sussex Record Society.

Shalom!

Rise & View Krew

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has been awarded funding to set up a new group and to deliver holiday club activities with young residents of the Saunders Park area of Brighton.

The group is called Rise & View Krew after the names of the local streets – Saunders Park View and Saunders Park Rise and will be free and open to accompanied children ages 5-11.

Join our Facebook group to find out more! https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

Activities are free, and for residents of Saunders Park.

The sessions will take place during the Easter holidays and summer holidays in April and August 2019.

We will have ten three hour sessions offering a variety of creative activities along with a healthy snack.

Dates:

1.       Friday 12th April

2.       Tuesday 16th April

3.       Thursday 18th April

4.       Thursday 30th May

5.       Tues 30th July

6.       Tues 6th August

7.       Fri 9th Aug

8.       Tues 13th August

9.       Tues 20th Aug

10.   Tues 27th August

Activities will include the following:
Calico print making and flags

Faux stained glass

Clay makes

Mosaic creation

We will encourage young participants to try new pursuits and acquire new skills, whilst meeting friends and accessing dedicated facilitation from staff and freelancers at Strike a Light to support this.

Booking details to follow

Rise & View Krew