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The Unremembered project

IMG_2934We’re pleased to have been commissioned to make a wreath for The Unremembered project in Hastings and St Leonards.

This is with 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.

We created the wreath with 22 older people who meet at the Elizabeth Blackman Centre in Hastings, East Sussex. The session was facilitated by Strike a Light Director Cath Tajima Powell and it went really well. We’re really pleased with how it’s turned out!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Unremembered project

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.

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:

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

We will do this through 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 will be 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.

 

 

 

 

 

One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

20160210_161315 (1)This one day reminiscence training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 (10am-4pm).

‘Lots of ideas to go away and research – good to meet others and share experiences and ideas. I feel more confident to go away and plan some reminiscence activities. I have more insight into the benefits and what’s involved’. Reminiscence Course participant

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training day will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The day will include opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

Flourish2017-43PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia

Booking:
Complete the One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 and send payment to attend the course or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for a copy of the booking form to book the course.

https://www.facebook.com/events/885729284938870/

If you have further queries, call 07727 006538

Course fee: 
£85 (Group/organisation rate – per person) for one day training / £60 individuals

Payment: 
Cheques payable to: Strike a Light and sent to Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Bacs Transfer to Strike a Light: The Cooperative Bank – Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65447093

Please return completed form to:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com

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ST PETER’S – PRESTON PARK WORKSHOP DATES

St Peters

We are very pleased to be commissioned by The Friends of St Peter’s – Preston Park, Brighton to deliver a series of six creative workshops at St Peter’s, Preston Park between May-September 2018.

The workshops are a key part of their HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park and are intended to engage local people around St Peter’s to:

  • Visit the church for the first time.
  • See the church as an enjoyable place to spend time.
  • Look afresh at the church and particularly the stencilling in the chancel.
  • Find out more about St Peter’s and the history of the surrounding Preston Village area.
  • Find out more about the practice and history of the art of stencilling.

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Activities:

We will deliver six creative drop-in workshops at St Peter’s on the following dates: 31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14thJuly, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th September. Each workshop will run from 11-4pm, though the timings for 24th June, Preston Village Day, are still to be finalised.

Each workshop will focus on one core creative activity, with some simpler and/or quicker activities running alongside. The activities to be delivered at each workshop will each respond to some element of the church’s interior, exterior or history, or the creative processes embodied within the building, including stencilling, repetitive patterns, print making, mosaics, etc.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage activities will include:

  • Block printing on paper/calico in the form of flags, pennants or large hangings.
  • Creating your own portable letterpress
  • Small mosaics
  • Other forms of printing
  • Stained glass making (using plastic)
  • Geometric pattern making with spirographs.
  • Brass rubbing

All welcome, and especially families with children up to the age of around 11. However both older/younger children can attend and the range of activities will cater for this.

Children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers and will not be left in the care of Strike a Light.

Adult Workshop:

One of our event days on Saturday 14th July, is intended to be an adult-focussed activity and will encourage adults to try new things, so this particular date isn’t open to children.

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Strike a Light will be working alongside Hare and Humphreys, the conservators who will be undertaking the conservation of the chancel. Hare and Humphreys start work in late-May and from that time on parts of the chancel will be covered with scaffolding, obscuring some of the stencilling.

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Reminiscence courses this autumn!

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to offer two new courses this autumn and winter….
One Day Reminiscence Training Course on 3rd October 2017 10am – 4pm
Two Day Reminiscence Training Course in Brighton on 7th & 8th December 2017 10am – 4pm (both days)
See more below and on our website for further information: 

Introduction to Reminiscence – Reminiscence Training 

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The training day will offer an overview of reminiscence work.   It will include a brief background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the day participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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Flourish2017-43Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – 10:00 – 16:00 (Both days)

The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

We will also consider the dividing lines between the role of a reminiscence facilitator and that of a counsellor/therapist along with the ethical issues that throws up.

The two days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course

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BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases the feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
 Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia
One Day training: £60 organisations / £40 Individuals
Two day training: £100 organisations/£70 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book a session.

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Lewes during the Somme

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate, 1916: Lewes Remembers – 29 October to 20 November 2016

An exhibition of 80 light boxes in 65 windows throughout Lewes, 1916: Lewes Remembers will show work from the years of the First World War by Benjamin Reeves, grandfather of the present Reeves owner Tom Reeves.

This will include individual and group portraits of soldiers and their families, as well as civilian life during the war, and photographs of the thousands of men billeted in the town.  To help bring things to life, the photographs will be shown around Lewes in locations relevant to their subjects.

The Lewes Tourist Information Office will supply a free map of the light box trail.

In addition to the lightbox exhibition, there will be:

An exhibition in Lewes Town Hall bringing together photos of men from WWI and contemporary veterans, taken by Benjamin Reeves and Tom Reeves;

An exhibition in the Edward Reeves Studio gallery of studio portraits and town views taken by Benjamin Reeves during WWI;

Study Day in the All Saints Centre on Sunday 30 October 2016, featuring the 1916 War Office film The Battle of the Somme;

Also on Sunday 30 October 2016: Walk & Talk Tours of the light box display; Edward Reeves Studio Open Day featuring WWI exhibits, music, and readings 2-4pm; Town Hall Exhibition 1-4pm;

Remembrance Sunday event at the Lewes War Memorial, 13 November 2016;

Esterhazy Chamber Choir concert, Saturday 19 November 2016 – on the day after the Battle of the Somme ended 100 years ago the choir performs Songs of Farewell at St Michael’s Church, Lewes, 7:30pm.

See more about the Reeves archive here

Free research training for WWI project

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** If you would like to get involved with The Orange Lilies project as a participant or volunteer, or have memories or artefacts about The Battle of Boar’s Head, or Brighton and Hove memories of the Somme, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! **

If you’re interested in WWI history related to Brighton and Hove, family history, local research, or working on creative projects with young people, then do get in touch. We’d love to have you involved in this exciting new project.

We’re currently seeking Volunteer Archive Researchers to support knowledge and history throughout this project. If you’re interested in getting involved then do get in touch. Training will be given.

The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its’ subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.

Visit our The Orange Lilies project website here, get in touch and share family history, join in and receive training as a volunteer researcher and attend activities, events and films, all commemorating the city in the Somme.

Email: theorangelilies@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you soon.

With thanks to Mary Funnell  and Patricia Field for permission to use the above images.

https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/get-involved/

 

Conversation Cafe – October

 

Social Media Co-ordinator wanted

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QueenSpark Books is seeking a volunteer to develop its social media presence and content. We are seeking a self-motivated individual who can spare up to 5 hours per week, for three months, developing ideas, content and traffic for QueenSpark’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

You will work in collaboration with QueenSpark’s Development Director and Administrator in order to identify the broad content of your role; for this next period, it is anticipated that the majority of your work will be promoting QueenSpark’s forthcoming publication, Brighton’s Graphic War.

You will be able to work from home, although we have office space if required.

Please note: This is a rolling programme, so a new volunteer will be recruited every three months. The role is unpaid, although reasonable expenses will be covered. Ongoing references following your three-month engagement will be provided.

Please send an expression of interest outlining your skills and availability to admin@queensparkbooks.org.ukby Wednesday 28th September. Please indicate whether, if you are not selected for this three months, you might be interested in the role at a later date.

Social Media Coordinator Wanted!

FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS IN BRIGHTON THIS AUTUMN

tol-posterStrike a Light has organised a great programme of WWI themed events for autumn 2016.

For full details visit https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/events/.

9th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)

14th September, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe with visitors from the Brighton’s Graphic War book project (Boys on the Plaque)

14th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)

28th September, 10.30am – 3pm – Free outing to The Day That Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourne (The Orange Lilies)

12th October, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove (The Boys on the Plaque)

12th October, 10am – 12pm – Free outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum

18th October, 1.30 – 3pm – Free talk, slideshow and Q&A with The Orange Lilies project manager Nicola Benge at Brighton’s The British Legion pop in centre (The Orange Lilies)

8th November, 10am – Free outing to a showing of the film The Battle of the Somme (1916) at the Duke of York’s Cinema (organised by Gateways to the First World War and the Fedora Group)

11th November, 7 – 9pm – Free Brighton’s Graphic War launch for QueenSpark Books at The Lighthouse

18th November, 2 – 5pm – Free study afternoon marking the end of the Somme Centenary at the University of Brighton (The Orange Lilies)

22nd November (afternoon) – Free WW1 Film Club screening – ‘A Testament of Youth’ for secondary school pupils and teachers at Fabrica Gallery

23rd November (details TBC) – Film showing of ‘Oh! What A Lovely War!’

For further information about projects please contact Nicola Benge at theorangelilies@gmail.com

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died – where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell). The Orange Lilies follows a successful project, The Boys on the Plaque, which uncovered the stories behind a newly discovered First World War memorial plaque in the Fabrica Gallery.