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Remembering together: Making a life history book course

The books for our Remembering together: Making a life history book course have arrived!

They are beautiful to look at, with a gold emboss, 40 pages to create a life history with, and tie up with a black ribbon. These are included as part of the course fee.

Only two places left on the course which starts on Thursday 6th April 10am-1pm so book your place now!

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-…

Remembering together: Making a life history book course:

A life history book is a homemade booklet compiled to capture memories and stories about a person’s life, whether to mark a significant birthday, a change in circumstances, the onset of Dementia or as a beautiful and creative gift for a loved one.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver a series of four workshops to learn how to create a life history booklet for a family member’s life.

Workshop dates are: Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th April 10am-1pm. These take place at the Strike a Light studio in Brighton.

Workshop address:

Studio 8 (mezzanine)
Open Market,
Marshalls Row,
Brighton
BN1 4JU

More information:

Making a life history book can be an enjoyable and empowering activity for a person with dementia which may enable greater interaction and open up communication between someone with dementia and their carers, family and friends.

A life history book may be something that visitors can look through with a person, or it can be referred to by professionals to learn more about the person they are providing care for.

Uses:

* A distraction technique for refocusing during difficult symptoms
* A security tool when person is taken to unfamiliar places such as the hospital or care home
* Promotes well-being, validation and celebration of a person
* A bridge to the past
* Provides opportunities for pride and enhanced self-esteem
* Re-builds family relationships

The workshops will include:

* Using old photographs, photocopies, maps, collage, text, printable resources and more, we will work together over the course of four sessions to create a beautiful, bespoke booklet which will celebrate the life of your loved one, helping them to remember happy times, key events.

* Memory triggers to encourage remembering of family and friends

* Reminiscence tips and techniques to support life history work

A life story book can enrich relationships and promote understanding and respect as memories fade.

The course can only accomodate 8 participants to create a supportive atmosphere so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The cost is £100 (£80 concession) for the four week course which is three hours per week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-life-history-book-course-tickets-31484869091

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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

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.

Conversation Cafe – September

QS_Twitter Header.pngThis session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.

We’ll be meeting at the slightly later time this month on Wednesday 14th September of 3-5pm at Fabrica gallery, so that those who would like to can attend a related free WWI walking tour of the North Laine part of Brighton at 6pm departing from the gallery with the historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. See details here.

We are looking forward to welcoming writer Tim Pilcher and artist Paul Collicutt, to discuss their involvement in QueenSpark Books’ new World War One themed graphic novel project Brighton’s Graphic War.

9780230772830Love Letters of the Great War.jpgWe will also be reviewing the novel The Suicide Club which we’re finishing, and picking up our new and final WWI era book Love Letters of the Great War, which is kindly on loan from the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for the project.

Many of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; and a number share sweet dreams of home.

But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.

This event is part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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.

https://strikealight.org/…/the-boys-on-…/conversation-cafes/

Keep the Home Fires Burning event

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Thanks to all who came to our Keep the Home Fires Burning WWI themed Heritage Open Days event last week at Fabrica gallery, part of The Boys on the Plaque project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We were pleased to assemble a lovely group of performers – The Close Shaves, artist – Fiona Edwards, collector – Colin Kirsch and historians – Douglas D’Enno, as well as exhibitions loaned from Gateways to the First World War, The Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and courtesy of Brighton Museum and Royal Pavilion for the event.

We’ve since had some lovely feedback from all those who attended the afternoon on 8th September 2016:

‘Thank you for a wonderful event yesterday. It was all so well put together and very enjoyable.’

‘Thanks for a lovely afternoon yesterday. What a lovely bunch of clients you have there! They really enjoy those events.’

Thanks to all who came!

Free events in Brighton this week from Strike a Light

Free Heritage Open Days events – Brighton & Hove
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September

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Keep the Home Fires Burning event –
Heritage Open Days (Free)

Thursday 8th September 1-4pm (Drop in): 

A creatively curated drop-in daytime event, with free workshops, exhibitions, talks, and cafe.

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We’ll be hosting songstrels The Close Shaves, creative workshops from artist Fiona Edwards, tea and cakes, WWI era bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion, exhibitions from Gateways to the First World War on cinema and theatre, and also from Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

The event taking place is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits.

Book your free place here 


WWI Walking Tour – Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.

 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/


Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    

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 working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.


The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

FREE Exhibition and Drop in at Strike a Light, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Strike a Light showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses 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.

In partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service.

These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

TOL logoOur project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove continues this autumn with a series of free activities and outings for our project participants and volunteer research group, which is led by our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.

All our activities and events are on our project website here. You can also check Strike a Light’s Facebook page for events.

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!

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.

 

From June 2016 – June 2017, intergenerational arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light and partners will –  through key activities, training, collaboration and mentoring – work with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations.

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 Brighton and Hove in the Somme.

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

With thanks for the QueenSpark Books Letter in the Attic project for permission to use the above image.

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by

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In Partnership with the following organisations:

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Strike a Light starts new project – The Orange Lilies

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £9,900 to The Orange Lilies Project by Strike a Light to mark First World War Centenary

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Image: Gertrude Coggins, ticket collector, Brighton Station 1915-1919 (centre, seated). Photographs by kind permission of Gerald Wheatley. Thanks to the East Sussex in World War I project.

Today, Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus 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.

From June 2016 – June 2017, intergenerational arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light and partners will – through key activities, training, collaboration and mentoring – work with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations. Using archives and artefacts to inform creative learning, our unique approach involves young people researching and producing a series of short films to share this WWI centenary theme; creating textile interpretations of significant battles; and attending talks and study days; whilst receiving support from local historians, including a local Royal Sussex Regimental military expert.

The Royal Sussex Regiment acquired The Orange Lilies tag after receiving permission from William of Orange to bear orange facings on uniforms. This regimental nickname continued into the 20th century, hence our project title.

We will highlight notable lives including Bob Whiting, a Brighton and Hove Albion footballer serving in France before going AWOL during the Battle of the Somme, Albert Patching from a well-known Portslade family, and Arthur Virgo who died at Boar’s Head on 30th June 1916. We will research Brighton born soldiers who served with the Southdowns, and three local ‘pals’ battalions: the 11th, 12th and 13th Royal Sussex Regiment. Recruited from all over Sussex, but significantly volunteer soldiers in Brighton and Hove who represented a wide cross section of this community.

We will produce a series of creative outcomes, remembering those lost at the key Battle of Boar’s Head and The Somme, memorialising soldiers fighting during this epic part of the Great War. These local men are the ordinary, forgotten heroes of WWI, also known as Lowther’s Lambs. There is no memorial to the Battle of the Boar’s Head in Brighton. We will address that through connecting this tangible heritage with the present, creating a digital monument accessible to all, promoting wider public knowledge of the centenary, sharing new research with participants and volunteers, new audiences and project partners, and with young and older people, through events, heritage activities and film.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Brighton and Hove to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the Somme. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like, with support from project partners, specialist academics, military advisers, local authority employees and archivists, as well as young people, older groups, participants and project staff.

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Image: Postcard of Black Rock sent by the wife of a Brighton Somme soldier. Thanks to the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books.

A wider, digital audience will be reached through our films, blog and social media presence extending the project legacy for another seven years, for future researchers, relatives and the local community to benefit. With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about The Orange Lilies, and the Somme in SussmS196cRpZYwDpwRZ0xE8SSAex.

This project, whilst building on existing successful collaborative partnerships, differs in its’ focus from other Sussex World War I projects. It is a new discrete project from Strike a Light with young people and an intergenerational focus at its heart in terms of activities and outlook, finding creative ways to commemorate soldiers through the medium of film and textiles, created by young people (age 15-25), showing their creative heritage response to the events of the centenary in Brighton, presenting new, local interpretations of the Somme for this WWI centenary.

Commenting on the award, The Orange Lilies Project Coordinator Nicola Benge said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and pleased we can at last research and remember soldiers from Brighton and Hove in Sussex Regiments who died so tragically at Boar’s Head and The Somme.”

 

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Nicola Benge, Project Manager – The Orange Lilies    
Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage
07727006538

theorangelilies@gmail.com

https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/

@strikerlight

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