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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 Revolutionary Potential of Older People

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Here is more information about an event a colleague Lorenza Ippolito is organising at Fabrica on the 15th January. Please let you’re networks know and come yourselves. It’s going to be a great event with lots of interesting projects and ideas of things to do when older and full of energy. 

Special Event – The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

15th January 2:30-4:00pm Refreshments Provided.

A special daytime event based on Fabrica’s regular Conversation Piece – relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito, where topics for conversation focus on local history and debate.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People, planned during Fabrica’s winter closing period, will be an opportunity to welcome Fabrica’s older audiences to the venue for a different type of event. People of all ages will be able to share their ideas around keeping alive the radical and progressive thought that enabled past generations to push for the creation of a free national health service, a minimum wage and general human rights.

I will be working with local members of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as well as Brighton & Hove Pensioners Association to look at how older generations can be a driving force for social change.

This event will showcase a plethora of activities older people in Brighton are involved in from local campaigns including Save the NHS, Brighton & Hove Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to creating a knitted version of Picasso’s Guernica.

Come and celebrate a lively energy brought forward by decades of experience and a renewed freedom from the constrained of paid work.

For more information

https://armchaircrits.wordpress.com/http://remakingpicassosguernica.wordpress.com/ http://fabrica.org.uk/http://www.wilpfinternational.org/       

http://saveournhs-el.org.uk/http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org/

Conversation Piece

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My colleague and studio mate- photographer and artist Lorenza Ippolito, will be hosting a session Conversation Piece linking into the current exhibition at Fabrica gallery in Brighton this month, with a discussion about the seas and fishing with local fisherman Alan Hayes. It should be a good event. It’s free and refreshments are provided.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Alan Hayes will no longer be able to make the event on Monday. Instead, experienced speaker and Professor, Geoff Mead will be talking about Brighton and it’s seafront as a central leisure destination for millions of Briton in last hundred years. Please STILL join us to discover, some un-discorved secrets buried deep down in the pebbles of Brighton Beach.

Reef by Simon Faithful

Conversation Piece – A Personal History of Fishing in Brighton with Alan Hayes

17th November 2:30-4:00pm

Refreshments Provided.

A relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito. Topics for conversation focus
on local history and debate, and draw on themes in the current exhibition. Each event welcomes a
local speaker with specialist knowledge on the theme of choice.

REEF by Simon Faithful is a unique collaboration between the artist, arts organisations, marine
industries and conservationists, divers and specialist technicians. It is a remote piece completely
imagined for the bottom of the sea. A boat, on it’s last journey, will become – in time – a reef and
will hopefully help strengthen an endangered ecosystem.

Seas and oceans are, in fact, vast ecosystems all on the brink of loosing the delicate balance which
allows them to exist. They are also a source of food for us, fishermen have been working off the
South Coast of Britain for centuries, often in dangerous waters, bringing back food.

But now with dwindling fish stocks and polluted oceans, do fishermen recognise the need for
regulation? How has the fishing industry changed? What did Brighton’s fishing community look like
50 years ago? And what does it look like now?

Join Lorenza Ippolito and Alan Hayes, fisherman born in Ship Street and Christened in the Church
which is now Fabrica Gallery, to take a look back at how fishing has changed in Brighton from the
last century to now.