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Conversation Cafes – Free reminsicence sessions!


The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.
Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking  place on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery, Jubilee Library  and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome! 

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

We will be hosting a series of Twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), will use Holy Trinity, the plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

Book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646 



Sessions organised in partnership with:

  • Strike A Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age(U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

cropped-img_1310There will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.
Information and copies of selected heritage materials found by our research group will be shared with older and younger people through our Conversation Cafe’s and Graffiti workshops, and intergenerational groups at our free Walking Tours,  Heritage Open Days events on Thursday 10th September 2015 and Thursday 8th September 2016 and Bi-Centennial celebration in 2017, increasing the reach and impact of our research.
Through this we aim to connect people with local places associated with WWI, through investigation of our locality, sharing our findings through Walking Tours of the area and events based at Fabrica (a Grade II* listed building).
Nicola Benge (Strike a Light) will work with members of University of the Third Age and other individuals to share stories, memories, family history and local history (using information generated by the Volunteer Researchers), and take part in object handling to establish a meaningful history of ordinary people’s lives in Brighton & Hove.
These will be recorded for posterity, inform the project as a whole and will help to build a long-lasting relationship between the participants and Fabrica.
Academics, historians and researchers will be incorporated into our activities, their research and skills enabling a high quality learning experience for volunteers and participants, and significantly enriching our public programme.
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The Boys on the Plaque project at Researching Lives of the Great War event

Our project The Boys on the Plaque will be presenting at this event in September:
Researching Lives of the Great War
Friday 4 September, Cloisters Chamber, University of Chichester, 12 – 5pm.
A research seminar and networking event for anyone interested in researching the history of the Great War, organised by the Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre and the University of Chichester.
If you are interested in researching the history of the First World War, either on a professional basis, as a member of a community group or as an individual, you are warmly invited to our research afternoon ‘Researching Lives of the Great War’. Focusing on the Great War in Sussex you will be able to find out more about three local projects which have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as hearing more about the support the Fund and the Gateways Centre can offer to projects that focus on the centenary of the war, and a talk from a leading historian on Sussex at War.
Tickets are free but must be reserved. Lunch and light refreshments are included.
Book a place here:
12:00 – 1.00: Lunch
1:00 – 1.15: Welcome and introduction to Gateways Centre.
1.15 – 2.00: Heritage Lottery Fund presentation and questions
2.00 – 2.45: Chris Kempshall, Project Officer, First World War Commemorations, East Sussex County Council: “Locating East Sussex in the First World War”
The County of East Sussex was, in many ways, located between the Home Front and the Western Front. It had a hugely important role in maintaining the army abroad and defending the country. This talk will examine how the memory of the War has changed in East Sussex and how the East Sussex First World War Project has approached the centenary in the region.
2.45 – 3.15: Tea break
3.15 – 3.45: Clare Hankinson, Fabrica: ‘The Boys on the Plaque’
3.45 – 4.15: Veronica Stephens, Zap Arts: ‘Home Fires’
4.15 – 4.45: Katherine Slay, West Sussex Record Office: ‘Graylingwell War Hospital, 1915-1919’
4.45 – 5.00: General discussion/networking.
5.00 End of event at the university.
5.30: The Legacy of Conflict: A Debate at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
100 years after the end of hostilities the legacy of WW1 is still a divisive subject. A panel of experts discuss the ongoing cultural impact of the Great War through W. Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered.
Places are free to attendees but must be booked through the theatre in advance: http://www.cft.org.uk/for-services-rendered
Friday 4 September, 5.30pm, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Please note that by making this booking you are only reserving a place for the event at the University of Chichester. You will need to make a separate booking for the debate at the Minerva Theatre.
Any questions email gateways@kent.ac.uk
Or visit http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk