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Upcoming and past Strike a Light events

Brighton Dome Brighton Festival – Making Memories Oral History Project

We are delighted to be working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to deliver a new project starting in January 2020 to capture memories of events, performance and shows at Brighton Dome over the years.

Graduations, tea dances, roller derbies, pop icons, Suffragette protests, cutting-edge art, silent discos, hairdressing championships, tear-jerking theatre, fierce debates and Eurovision winners. We’ve seen it all.

‘And since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago,
our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors – from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.’

As a volunteer, you will plan and hold interviews to creatively re-tell moving memories from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival visitors.

This work will end up being part of an exciting story-telling project
about one of the most vital arts centres in heart of Brighton & Hove,
and the memories collected will be shared with generations to come.

Volunteers will:
• receive all training and equipment will be provided
• receive expenses
• need to be aged 18+
• need to commit to the project until July 2020
• need to attend a two hour research session once a month
• need to attend one day training sessions on 25th January 2020
and another date in April.

To find out more, you can download the research job description here Oral History Volunteer RD

If you would like to talk about the project and sharing your memories, please complete our contact form to get in touch!

Shalom Sussex Symposium – Extra tickets

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage hosts a symposium for the Shalom Sussex – Jewish People in WWI project tomorrow – Tuesday 10th December 2.30-6pm.

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked, we have a few spaces left:
http://bit.ly/2OOzb4p

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:

2.30pm: Event Start & Refreshments

2.40pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager introduction

2.45pm: Professor Mark Connelly –  Director of Gateways to the First World War and specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s

3.45pm: 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

5pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins and researchers

5.50pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager conclusion

6pm: Ends

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

PROJECT INFORMATION

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.

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Shalom Sussex Symposium – Extra tickets

Due to the huge response to tickets for this event, we’ve now issued ten further spaces for the Shalom Sussex Symposium. If you would like to attend, book your free tickets using the details below.

Get them soon!

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is hosting a one day symposium for the Shalom Sussex – Jewish People in WWI project on Tuesday 10th December 2.30-6pm.

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked, we have a few spaces left:
http://bit.ly/2OOzb4p

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:

2.30pm: Event Start & Refreshments

2.40pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager introduction

2.45pm: Professor Mark Connelly –  Director of Gateways to the First World War and specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s

3.45pm: 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

5pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins and researchers

5.50pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager conclusion

6pm: Ends

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

PROJECT INFORMATION

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.

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities:

Follow our website here
Join us on Facebook
Twitter @strikealight
Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
Instagram: Strikealight_artsandheritage

or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Halloween

Halloween event

Thanks to everyone who came to the free Balcony Studios and Brighton Open Market Halloween event in October. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Thanks to Brighton and Hove City Council for funding this.

We want your memories! History of Royal Sussex County Hospital


We want your memories!

Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History

Sussex residents are invited to share their memories – both as staff and patients – for the final phase of a heritage project co-ordinated by Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage, and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH). We will be collecting memories until December 21st 2019.

Participants will be asked about their memories of the five BSUH hospitals: Princess Royal Hospital – formerly Cuckmere and Haywards Heath Hospital, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sussex Eye Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre.

Oral history project manager Nicola Benge says: ‘We are interested to hear about training, about the social life of hospitals, of hierarchies and comradeship. We want to know about changes in the way that patients are treated, medical and technical innovations, in care and also, possibly, in difficulties or struggles. We very much want to collect the hitherto unrecorded or neglected story, for hospitals are more than bricks and mortar.’

Anyone interested in participating should contact: Nicola Benge (Project Manager) – strikealight@rocketmail.com

https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/brighton-hospital-3ts-oral-history-project/

  
  

Silver Foxes group to start!

Silver Foxes 

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 and local history 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.

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100 Years of Council Housing


The Housing Act 1919, more commonly known as the Addison Act after then-minister for health and housing Lord Christopher Addison, paved the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years. It is credited with establishing the principle of large-scale, state-funded provision of council housing at low rents.

We are pleased to be delivering a project to celebrate a centenary of council housing in Brighton and Hove for Brighton and Hove City Council.

“Brighton Corporation had begun slum clearance efforts back in the 1890s and even built a small number of homes to rehouse – though at rents they couldn’t pay – some of those displaced.   In 1919 much remained to be done; the local Medical Officer of Health estimated 3152 new houses were needed to ensure a decent home for all.”

This project will explore and commemorate this for the anniversary, and to celebrate the fact that the council is now building homes once more.

We will share more about this project in due course, but there will be activities and celebrations coming up!

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:
http://bit.ly/2OOzb4p

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

PROJECT INFORMATION

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.

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

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: https://queensparkbooks.org.uk/projects/archives-alive-project/