Strike a Light hosts an exhibiton event for Heritage Open Days on Friday 9th September 1-7pm & Saturday 1-5pm
Mezzanine Level, 8 Marshalls Row, Open Market, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4JU
An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at Lewes’s working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades. It also links in with abstinence and religious culture locally at the time, as well as a clear relation between trades and society through social clubs. The exhibition runs along these thematic lines –
Breweries in decline
Hops and songs
Revival of micro breweries
A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.
Friday 9 September: 12-7pm
Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm
No booking required
There is an accessible lift by the stairs to the Mezzanine level and doors upstairs are wheelchair accessible.
Inside Brighton’s Open Market (off London Road) on the top Mezzanine Level. Access lift beside stairs to the Mezzanine level
The two Brighton ones depicted are the old brewery on Black Lion Street, Brighton and a long gone one we’d never even heard of in old Portslade village.
The Black Lion Brewery in Brighton is said to date from the mid 16th century, although the buildings we see in this late 1960s view are probably early 18th century. Door openings on first and second floors allowed brewing materials to be hoisted up and into the brewery. It was once owned by Flemish refugee Deryk Carver who was burnt at the stake in Lewes in 1555 for refusing to recant his Protestantism. He was put in a barrel before his execution in order to mock the brewing profession. The Black Lion was rebuilt as a facsimile in 1974, but the cellars beneath, which may be 16th century, still exist.
The middle of the 19th century was a crucial period for the development of brewery architecture. With the introduction of steam power around the start of the 19th century came the professional brewery engineers who rapidly rose to dominate the field of brewery design and construction. One such practice was Scammell and Colyer who designed the Portslade Brewery in Brighton for Dudney & Sons in 1881. The most distinctive feature is its tall, detached, decorative chimney with a massive base sporting the company logo entwined with barley stalks and bunches of hops.
Strike a Light is pleased to say that Harvey Brewery in Lewes are inaugurating a very special ale tomorrow to celebrate a centenary since the birth of Sussex singer and song collector Bob Copper of the noted singing Copper Family. It links in beautifully with our recent Ale and Hearty project.
Bob Copper Centenary Brew
Tomorrow (6th January 2015) is the Centenary of the birth of Bob Copper (1915-2004).
In his lifetime Bob Copper was responsible for collecting and recording many local folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to his forefathers. In an obituary in The Independent newspaper, he was described as “England’s most important traditional folk-singer.”
Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes will be brewing a ‘Copper Ale’ (6% vol.) tomorrow, Tuesday 6th January, at 8.30 am. It will be brewed in the presence of the Copper family, who will sing ‘Oh Good Ale’ while the malted barley is mashed with the spring water. Sussex hops will be added to the resultant sugars and the mixture will be boiled in the ‘Copper’ prior to cooling and fermentation.
It is of good ale to you I’ll sing And to good ale I’ll always cling, I like my mug filled to the brim And I’ll drink all you’d like to bring, O, good ale, thou art my darling, Thou art my joy both night and morning. (Traditional)
Harveys Brewery car park, Corner of North Court and Harveys Way, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2JW
This event is part of the wider Ale and Hearty event, celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area. As part of this we are hosting the beautifully restored Vintage Mobile Cinema and showcasing a specially made short film in the Harveys Brewery car park, Lewes for the Ale and Hearty project on Sat 14th and Sun 15th September 10am-4pm as part of Heritage Open Days this year.
The film will be around 17.5 mins long and eulogises about bygone days of hop picking, brewing and local sussex traditions with vintage footage taken from local sources including the Screen Archive South East. The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 24 seater mobile cinema open to all. We’re really looking forward to it!
Come and see our secret cinema and some interesting archive footage over the weekend and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! This is a short event. we will be showing the film three times an hour each day for a six hour period so it is accessible for little people who are easily bored. The cinema itself is a thing of beauty and of interest to everyone.
Please note this is an event takes place outside in a working brewery car park so parents must be responsible for their children. All safety precautions necessary have been taken. Event suitable for ages: 5 to 18.
Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600
Sunday 15th September: 1000-1600
Unfortunately due to the age of the Vintage Mobile Cinema there is no accessible provision for this event. We do apologise for this. The nearest municipal access toilet is on Market Lane, Lewes BN7 2NT Disabled parking is available in the Harveys Way car park, Lewes BN7 2JW which is next to the Harveys brewery venue. This is an NCP car park.
Max 24 people per tour/event. The Vintage Mobile Cinema is the only surviving unit from a fleet of seven Ministry of Technology mobile cinemas built in 1967. The 22-seat cinema has been meticulously restored to its former glory, and now features state-of-the-art surround sound, HD digital projection and a comfortable climate controlled environment for the audience.
Walking to this event, walk along Cliffe High Street, past the Harveys Brewery shop on your left, then take the little ‘twitten’ or alley way North Couth just after also on the left (with Bills restaurant on your right). Through North Court, walk to the end. To the right there is a municipal car park, to your left is the back entry delivery park for Harveys Brewery for deliveries – the Vintage Mobile Cinema is in there.
Absolutely NO parking available in Harveys Brewery car park. Pay parking is available in the next door NCP car park on Harveys Way. Details here: http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/phoenix_causeway/bn7/lewes/
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on exploring life stories and history through creative projects. Based in Brighton, Strike a Light works with and for the wider community across Sussex