Category Archives: Oral History

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

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/

Upcoming heritage event – Shalom Sussex

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

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shalom-sussex-symposium-jewish-people-in-sussex-in-wwi-tickets-68723661321

Speakers include – Dr 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: 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

3.30pm: Professor Mark Connelly – Director of Gateways to the First World War and specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s

4.30pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins and researchers

5.30-7pm: 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.

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

Shalom!

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

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.

Supported by Gateways to the First World War

 

Free conference on Jewish heritage – Brighton

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

This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shalom-sussex-symposium-jewish-people-in-sussex-in-wwi-tickets-68723661321

Speakers include – Dr 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: 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

3.30pm: Professor Mark Connelly – Director of Gateways to the First World War and specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s

4.30pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins and researchers

5.30-7pm: 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.

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

Shalom!

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

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.

Supported by Gateways to the First World War

 

AFFORDABLE SPACE TO RUN YOUR WORKSHOP

AFFORDABLE SPACE TO RUN YOUR WORKSHOP

“Compact but well-equipped, this space is just right for small meetings. There is also a variety places to eat downstairs in the market.” Sussex Cohousing

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-7.30pm on weekdays and 9-5pm on weekends throughout the year.

If you’d like a cosy, central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to ten people each time (that’s our limit due to room size), then get in touch!

The space is currently available for the affordable price of £7.50 per hour for a minimum of three hours per session. This will increase to £8 per hour from 2020.

‘We loved it!’ Brighton Housing Trust

The studio offers Wifi broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs, flip chart holder.

We also offer a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle, cups and teapots etc for your own refreshments.

Refreshments can also be provided for you as an extra cost, as can flip chart paper.

If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538

https://strikealight.org/