Tag Archives: 2019

Wishing you Festive Greetings from all at Strike a Light!

Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage wishes you Festive Greetings
from all at Strike a Light.

A Happy New Year in 2020!

Thank you!

We’d like to say a big thank you for supporting us this year! To all of you who’ve attended sessions, worked with us, volunteered,or enjoyed our arts and heritage activities and events across Sussex.

We look forward to continuing forward with our unique blend of arts and heritage into 2020.

We’re closed until 6th January, look forward to seeing you then.

2019 has been a busy year for us with numerous projects, new clients, training and activities.

** 2020 is our 10th anniversary! **

Keep you eyes peeled for exciting new developments in the new year.

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!

Silver Foxes group to start!

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, 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!

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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Happy Halloween – Half term families event – 31st Oct 1-4pm

A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Sew Fabulous and Quiet Down There at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, Grace  Eyre Foundation, Woody, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, and badge making.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary. We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

  • SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place
  • Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place
  • TRICK OR TREATING with market traders
  • WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/994351787581116/

About Balcony Studios

A group of 12 diverse and creative studios situated on the balcony at Brighton Open Market. To find out more about the work of the Balcony Studios, follow @balconystudios_bn1 on Twitter and Instagram and use #balconystudiosbn1
http://www.brightonopenmarket.co.uk/market-studio-tenants/

About Brighton Open Market

Brighton’s only covered market destination.  The market is home to 45 permanent independent retail units, 12 artists’ studios and an exciting mix of plaza traders.
Showcasing a combination of traditional and contemporary market traders;
including cafes, local produce, clothing, toys, art, music, art, live music, workshops, and outreach events for the local community.
http://www.brightonopenmarket.co.uk/

Further information

This project has been funded by Brighton and Hove City Council Resilience Fund. The Resilience Fund aims to support groups that are already working with local people and communities. All applications must address any one of these three key outcomes:

  • Improving well-being
  • Building cohesion
  • Promoting fairness

https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/

For further information, images and interviews please contact:
Nicola Benge, Creative Director – Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com


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

 

Shalom Sussex Symposium – 10th December

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

 

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Vox Pops tomorrow

Vox Pops day – Brighton and Sussex hospitals memories collection day

As part of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) heritage project, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be at Jubilee Library (alongside the Nimbus exhibition about BSUH history) to collect oral histories of experiences of the hospital.

We are seeking people who’ve worked there, patients, visitors, and volunteers focussing on all aspects of the NHS and before in the city.

If you have memories, we’d love to speak to you!

View our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/496518427771737/

Come down to Jubilee Library in Brighton anytime between 1pm – 5.30pm on Friday 20th September to have your thoughts recorded to form part of a new archive collecting all of this history.

This is also an opportunity to view the BSUH exhibition and join in with this exciting project.

Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com to find out more

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