Upcoming Events

Events in 2018

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history. ]

As part of this project, we’ll be delivering activities and sessions from October- November 2018.

Free Events and Half Term Workshops:

Free drop in families puppet making sessions (at following venues and times):

Monday 29th October – 1.45-4.15pm: ONCA at The Barge, The Waterfront, Brighton BN2 5UU

Thursday 1st November – 12-3pm: Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Saturday 24th November – 12-5pm: Black History Day at The Dome, Brighton.

Sunday 25th November – 11-1pm: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton.


Monday 19th November 2-3pm: Talk on Labour Corps and Sussex at Strike a Light, Brighton Open Market, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

This talk – Adults only

*** More dates tbc ***


October 2018 – Trench Brothers

Strike a Light has been part of the Trench Brothers project and this great event is part of this on Wednesday 17th Oct at the Brighton Dome. There’s still tickets available!

Trench Brothers – Wed 17 Oct

Music: Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor
Libretto: Tertia Sefton-Green

Trench Brothers is a new music theatre work commemorating in Brighton the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry, bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

Directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones to Neil Irish’s designs, it features over 250 children from local primary schools in Brighton, Newhaven, Lewes and Seaford alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist of the year and MOBO nominated Cleveland Watkiss and ‘superb’ (The Times) opera singer Damian Thantrey.

Renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor are joined by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood and Omar Shahryar in a unique collaboration drawing together work developed with schools across London, Lancashire and the South East since 2014.

This powerful centenary event is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war.

There will be a pre-performance talk about the creation of Trench Brothers with Julian Joseph, Richard Taylor and Tertia Sefton-Green. Tickets to the evening performance also give access to the pre-performance talk.


Events in 2016

BOTP LogoOur free Heritage Open Days events taking place in 2016 will be at Fabrica on Thursday 8th September  from 1-4pm.

A WWI historic walking tour will also take place on Friday 9th September, which will be led by historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (donations welcome).

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Image created by Tom FrostThursday 8th September 2016

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Join us for this special drop-in event, to explore and contribute to our local heritage project, The Boys on the Plaque! Find out about remarkable young men who lived in our city and fought in the war 100 years ago, and the discoveries we’ve made about their experiences, families and legacies.

Keep the Home Fires Burning brings together local research, creative workshops and exhibitions, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories of Brighton & Hove residents during WWI wartime and the stories that have been left behind for us to rediscover.

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, which was built in 1817 and has a rich and fascinating history. To celebrate Heritage Open Days, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to discover more about our local community, inspiring new ways of considering the home front experience of the Great War.

Visitors are also invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of 95 local soldiers who are commemorated in the church.

Could you be a relative of one of the Boys? They mostly lived in the streets surrounding the church – you can find a list of the names here: boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/the-names-on-the-plaque/

Boys on the Plaque is an HLF project delivered by Fabrica, Strike a Light and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

Booking preferred
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
Go to: http://keepthehomefiresburning.eventbrite.com


Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building.

Additional information

Keep the Home Fires Burning is a relaxed free drop-in activity. All ages are welcome. Free hot and soft drinks are available throughout, as well as cakes.

Guests are invited to relax and chat whilst enjoying the event and activities. This event will look at the home front of Brighton during WWI with film, song, creative workshops, exhibition, performance and research related to the local history and cultural memory of the city.

Please book here: http://keepthehomefiresburning.eventbrite.com 


The event takes place in a large contemporary visual gallery which is in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Find out more about all our events and the project here: http://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance. http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location




Organised by

Strike a Light / Fabrica / Brighton & Hove City Libraries Service

These are all part of our The Boys on the Plaque WWI project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Boys on the Plaque Walking Tour, Central Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Friday 9th September 2016

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic The Lanes and North Laine area. Exploring the stories of local soldiers that we have discovered as part of a local heritage project, we get to know the young men who lived in these streets over 100 years ago, before joining a war that took them far from home.

Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour is part of a WWI local heritage project The Boys on the Plaque: http://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com

The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Free to join, donations welcomed.
Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: Walk 1800-1930


Events in 2015 

HODs webStrike a Light has just  completed events and film showings at Fabrica gallery in 2015 for its’ special Daytime events for Heritage Open Days,  linking with its’ Heritage Lottery funded The Boys on the Plaque project.

These had a special WBOTP Logoorld War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which have been happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18. We curated this daytime event, following it up with a related evening film. The event hosted creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.

The event took place on Thursday 10th September 1-5pm 2015  and was part of  national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opened its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.

This free event included creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers were researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War Commemorations in East Sussex. Workshop artist Fiona Edwards ran a three hour creative drop in session too.

Making keepsakes reminiscent of the love tokens and photo memorabilia of those leaving their loved ones during WW 1. There is a wonderful history of heart shaped love tokens constructed from textiles, medals, army badges, hankies and more from the First World War.

Visitors were invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project,  seeking to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.


Friday 11th September 2015, 6-7.30pm:


With local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

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This was a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.

The tour was inspired by a selection of the stories from our discoveries about the local soldiers commemorated on the memorial plaque at the former Holy Trinity Church, which now houses Fabrica art gallery.


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Events from 2014

On Thursday 11th September (1-4pm), Fabrica gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light  hosted a free and specially created event Centennial.

Centennial flyerForming a part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days free events across England and Wales, this was an afternoon drop-in to commemorate the beginning of the centenary of World War I. It profiles and examines aspects of our experiences of the war through the use of diaries, moving image, wartime songs, creative workshops, and talks, exploring our shared and personal memories relating to the war, and the stories we were left with.

In addition, Fabrica highlighted a plaque honouring the parishioners who fought and died in WWI, hidden from public view for decades.   The event was followed by a free evening film showing of musical romp Oh! What a Lovely War with low cost bar & nibbles.


Events from 2013

Objects of Desire posterThe theme in 2013 was Objects of Desire – celebrating the theme of favourite objects, those quirky things we form attachments with. Teddy bears, photo albums, favourite clothes, and little knick knacks which we hold dear. See poster on this page.

We followed this event with a free film showing. A cosy screening of Robot and Frank (a friendship tale) with cushions, refreshments  and nibbles.

We’ll let you know about activities and themes afore long! You can also view the Fabrica website event calendar to keep up to date.HLFHI_BLK