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The Boys on the Plaque – Heritage Open Days a success!

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The Boys on the Plaque launches with Heritage Open Days events

THE BOYS ON THE PLAQUE – HERITAGE OPEN DAY

We celebrated the launch of our WWI heritage project this month with our first public events as part of Heritage Open Days. This was a free afternoon of activities, events and talks which was a great opportunity to get the word out about our Boys, followed by a walking tour event on Friday 8th September at Fabrica gallery (our project partners), where we invited local people to come and see the plaque and share their stories.

We have a diverse and interesting afternoon of making WWI love token mementos, talks on Brighton and Hove during the Great War and about the Royal Pavilion as a hospital for soldiers, as well as sharing personal and community connections with the Holy Trinity church where Fabrica is now based.

We were treated to a fascinating talk from researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’, Jo Palache, plus an illuminating insight into The First World War in East Sussex project with Chris Kempshall. Gateways to the First World War‘s Lucy Noakes came to share project experiences and history and showcased part of a wider exhibition concerning WWI.

Project partner Brighton & Hove City Libraries shared WWI resources and images from their collection and encouraged people to find out more from their Ancestry software about their own personal heritage. In addition. Fiona Edwards our workshop artist for the event brought along a beautiful bundle of arts and crafts  and encouraged participants to make beautiful WWI keepsakes inspired love tokens from the war.

The project’s Volunteer Research Group was on hand to share their findings so far on the memorial and its’ Boys on the Plaque, including some family connections to our soldiers which really brought our project to life.

The Boys on the Plaque represent so many of the sons, brothers, fathers and uncles who fought and fell in the First World War, and this project will pay tribute to these men by telling their stories and considering the wider impact on the local community.

In 2017 it will be the Bi-Centennial of the Fabrica building, which was built in 1817, and it will be a fitting time to honour and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove.

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WALKING TOURS

We hosted a free heritage walking tour the following day led by popular local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. We took an interested group through Brighton’s Lanes area, from where many of our Boys on the Plaque lived. It was a really moving and enlightening experience, seeing buildings and venues in a whole new light and hearing the tales of residents past who went to war.

We even saw a hidden row of houses which despite having walked down that particular street many hundreds of times, have never noticed! The event was full booked and as a result,  Fabrica organised another tour for later in September to allow all those interested a chance to participate. We’re really pleased with how it went.

CONVERSATION CAFES 

For those interested in find out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton, then we will be running free, monthly Conversation Cafes every month from October 2015 – September 2016 at Fabrica gallery and Jubilee Library.

To register your interest, please email strikealight@rocketmail.com before 21st October.

The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour – today!

downloadWe are holding our The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour with Dr Geoffrey Mead later today (Friday 11th September) so hope to see some of you at that at 6pm.

It is booked up now so if you haven’t booked already please don’t turn up.

We have another walking tour on Sunday 20th September, for which you can book tix for here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-the-boys-on-the-plaque-tickets-18451527014

Free Heritage Open Days events this week!

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Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.

These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:

Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s 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 will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.

Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War in East Sussex.

Visitors are 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 The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI. A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

Event Times
Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600
Booking Details
Book here: botphod.event

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.

Contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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With thanks to the East Sussex in WWI website for image

WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be 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.

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 uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point. 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.

Event Times
Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required

Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com

Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

All welcome.  Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information
Max 30 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.





BBC Sussex Radio & Heritage Open Days

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Clare Hankinson of Fabrica from The Boys on the Plaque project had a lovely chat with Neil Pringle this morning on BBC Sussex Radio – check out the show by clicking BBC Sussex– She’s speaking about it on in the last 15minutes of the programme.

Also hoping we might find some family members of The Boys on the Plaque, and uncover some memories and local stories from WWI next week at our Heritage Open Days events, on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September.

Check out the list of names on the plaque here – you never know, you might be related to one of our Boys!

Workshop artist for Heritage Open Days

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Workshop artist Fiona Edwards has been confirmed to run a three hour creative drop in session at our free Heritage Open Days event at Fabrica gallery on Thursday 10th September 1-4pm.

Come and make a keepsake reminiscent of the love tokens and photo memorabilia of those leaving their loved ones during WW1.

A collage based workshop incorporating glue, fabric, sewing. The session will involve making folded paper frames that can be decorated and have participants’ own photos put in, or other images historically related.

Workshop participants can take their tokens home. There is a wonderful history of heart shaped love tokens constructed from textiles, medals, army badges, hankies and more from the First World War.

http://www.wickedfaerieproductions.com/index.php

New free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September

imagesOur two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project, are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is free and open to all below:

Fabrica -The Boys on the Plaque

24 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, with a mission to increase access to contemporary visual art to as broad an audience as possible. The Boys on the Plaque is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project that is inspired by WWI soldiers commemorated within the church, and seeks to reveal the histories of local people in Brighton & Hove. https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s 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 will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include 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.

Visitors are 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 The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.

A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

Booking is advised: http://botphod.eventbrite.com

Opening Times

  • Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

Book here: botphod.event
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

Access

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

Additional information

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here: http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton. Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646 clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

Directions

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. 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

Website

botphod.event
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

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Strike a Light / Fabrica

 

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WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

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

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be 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.

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 uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point (https://strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/)

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.

Opening Times

  • Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Pre-booking required!
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
Booking opens: 15 July 2015 09:00
Booking closes: 11 September 2015 18:00

Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.

Directions

The Walk starts at Fabrica gallery, which is a large contemporary visual gallery in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. 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

Website

botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

 
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Centennial – Free Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery

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Strike a Light is organising an event this week at Fabrica gallery in Brighton as part of 2014’s Heritage Open Days.

It’s free and offers lots of interesting activities to participate in, as well as lots of tea and cake. Come along and join us!

Centennial

When: Thursday 11th September 2014 (1-4pm)

Where: Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

What: Special Daytime Event – Free drop in

On  gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation will be hosting a free and specially created event

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

Forming a part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days free events across England and Wales, this is 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.

The event will offer art activities, film showings, workshop activities, talks, and free afternoon tea. In addition, Fabrica will be revealing a plaque honouring the parishioners who fought and died in WWI, hidden from public view for decades.

The event will be followed by a free evening film showing of musical romp Oh! What a Lovely War with low cost bar & nibbles.

Aimed at all and especially older people, visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way. This event also welcomes everyone including families, babies and children of all ages. Free transport is available for the elderly and disabled. Please get in touch to arrange this.

  Book your free ticket for the daytime event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/centennial-tickets-11944471235

And for the free film event here: http://filmclubsept.eventbrite.com 

 To find out more about this event and others in the Special Daytime Events programme at Fabrica, please contact Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Project Coordinator on 01273 778 646 or email: office@fabrica.org.uk  Web: http://www.fabrica.org.uk

To find out more about the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light please contact Nicola Benge strikealight@rocketmail.com or web: http://www.strikealight.org

 

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Fabrica Film Club:

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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