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The Unremembered – Project dates for Brighton

Project Details:
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.

Events:

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver workshops in October and November 2018 (We will confirm dates very soon) in Brighton and Hove with ten different groups in ten different venues across the city to look at the theme of The Unremembered. We aim to commemorate the Labour Corps service personnel and their experiences.

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.

and

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.

*** More dates tbc ***


The Unremembered project background:
This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.
Who were the Labour Corps?

 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.
 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.
British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.
Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.
Events:
We are working engaging with freelancers and volunteers to deliver a series of history and resource led activities which focus on the art of making articulated paper puppets (a common past time a centenary ago) with community groups and families.
These puppets are a mixture of pre-printed on cardboard outline templates which can then be designed, created and compiled by participants and for those with dexterity issues or the very young, pre-designed printed templates which can be assembled with support and displayed.  We will use fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.
We will also create activities to create dressing paper dolls, so creating the one dimensional paper dolls through templates which are cut out and then one dimensional clothing made relevant to our theme which can then be folded over the puppet body. These dolls were popular during WWI and were still printed then despite paper shortages.
Both these forms of puppet making are ideal for classroom and community projects because they are made with everyday craft supplies and reused materials.
The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – one that it is an engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and secondly that the puppets can be seen as a metaphor for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and essentially treated as such too. This will be a way to valorise those men and celebrate their role.
This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.

https://strikealight.org/projects/the-unremembered-project/

 

Baking Baguettes Brilliantly!

baguettes-7949-827x687Our community baker Alex Moran went to deliver the second of two workshops with Autism Sussex for Strike a Light’s Breaking Bread project in Brighton last week.
This part of our project was set up by project coordinator Natasha Padbury and funded by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, so thanks to them for that!
You can see what happened below:
Yesterday afternoon I went over to Autism Sussex in Brighton for the second of two bread making classes with a group of four. So our first session, two weeks ago was the very first time that any of the group had made bread, but the care, attention and quiet enthusiasm that they brought to the session resulted in really great bread. I was over the moon! At the end of the session I asked for requests or ideas for what we might bake next time… When Jason suggested we make baguettes I did wonder if that might be a bit ambitious?
But we decided to go for it so I got busy practicing; anyone who has tried will tell you that a good baguette takes good technique and practice. When it came to passing this on yesterday afternoon, I was again amazed by how carefully the group listened and observed and how quickly their skill with the dough developed….
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Mediterranean bread workshop with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet

Some footage from a recent bespoke baking workshop run by our baker Alex Moran with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet (set up to promote good inter-community and inter-cultural relations in the Mediterranean regions of Europe) for Strike a Light.

The group made olive and orange bread with lots of olive oil – very mediterranean in flavour and very nice indeed!

Strike a Light will be running more bread baking workshops in the next month with Autism Sussex thanks to extra funding we’ve just received from the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

Thanks to Umit Ozturk of Euro-Mernet and Anna of Anna’s Kitchen for the images.

Last call for free baking workshops! Bread Fayre this Saturday.

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We are now FULLY booked for Bread Fayre workshops this Saturday 25th April with exception of our FREE kids ‘Vege Rolls‘ making session by The Baking Society at 2.30-3pm. *See details below

There is still plenty to see and do at the Bread Fayre at Brighton’s Open Market so come on down between 11-4pm. You can download the full programme here for storytelling activities, exhibitions and stalls. We hope to see you there!

* Vege Rolls with The Baking Society
Family workshop making tasty and healthy vege rolls with the Open Market’s resident baking shop. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Suitable for 5+.

2.30pm – 3.00pm
Location: Baking Society opposite the Bread Fayre site in the Open Market