We participated in a great project recently ‘The Unremembered’ to commemorate the brave sacrifices of the Labour Corps especially those from across the globe – in particular black and minority ethnic soldiers, and their heroic contribution to the war effort. We worked with the Memories Past group in Portslade to create a wreath to remember the sinking of the SS Mendi (a South African troop ship) in the English Channel near the Isle of Wight in 1917, with the loss of most hands on board, some 600 black Labour Corps soldiers from South Africa. Our wreath was a collage and cardboard combination with images from those who’d been serving at the time of the disaster and includes all the names of the men lost at sea, along with detailing in the colours of the South African flag.
We welcome you to a free event day exploring Brighton and Hove during WWI and showcasing two related projects The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme (Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage), and The Boys on The Plaque (Fabrica gallery). There will also be a book launch for The Boys on the Plaque project, and an exhibition also based at Jubilee Library for The Orange Lilies project. The event is a drop in event, but welcome to come all day! Free but please book a place – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-hove-in-wwi-free-event-day-tickets-34692314647 Free WWI Community history event marking the end of both The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme, and The Boys on the Plaque projects; exploring Brighton & Hove in WWI. & Launch of The Boys on the Plaque book Venue: Jubilee Library, Brighton, 11am – 4.30pm – 30th June 2017 Speakers 11 – 11.20am: Introductions by Nicola Benge, The Orange LiliesProject Manager & Clare Hankinson, The Boys on the PlaqueProject Manager 11.20am – 12.10pm: Dr Frank Gray – Director of Screen Archive South East shows vintage film clips & discusses Brighton during WWI 12.15 – 1.30pm: Brighton & Hove in WWI Q & A – chaired by Dr Sam Carroll + Speakers: Dr Chris Kempshall, Dr Alison Fell, Dr Geoffrey Mead & Dr Frank Gray 1.35– 2.25pm: Dr Alison Fell – First World War Women workers and strikes 2.35 – 3.25pm:Dr Chris Kempshall – Brighton, The Boar’s Head, and the Somme 3.30 – 4.20pm:Dr Geoffrey Mead – Laundry maids and Fishermen – Aspects of work in WW1 Brighton 4.45pm onwards: Unveiling of new Battle of Boars Head memorial at The Steine War Memorial, Brighton With: Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove; The Boys on the Plaque project resources, WWI exhibitions and resources from Brighton & Hove Libraries, Gateways to the First World War, and The Royal British Legion. Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE Queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org Websites: theorangelilies.wordpress.com boysontheplaque.wordpress.com The Orange Lilies project is delivered by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage The Boys on the Plaque project is delivered by Fabrica gallery Both in Partnership with the following organisations: Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and Gateways to the First World War with support from Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to Gateways to the First World War academic Dr Anne Logan who attended our July Conversation Cafes session (for the Fabrica gallery led The Boys on the Plaque project). This took place at the Rare Books Archive at Jubilee Library (Thanks to the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for this) and explored and shared the changing role of women in the First World War. It was a fascinating way to find out more about life for women on the home front between 1914-1918. We followed this up with a visit to a graffiti themed WWI memorial based in the Youth section of the library which was created by a local artist with young people from The Foyer, Brighton for The Boys in the Plaque project and refers to those who fell in World War I who are mentioned on the plaque based at Fabrica gallery (once the Holy Trinity Church). This memorial was installed as part of BFest, a Youth Festival in the city which took place in May and June 2016.
Strike a Light has been checking out some new World War I related resources recently, since we’ll be working with Queenspark Books on their new A Graphic War project which starts in November 2014 and runs until September 2016.
The Digital War Memorial website is one such inspiring resource which brings together communities and artists across the UK to make unique creative responses to the First World War Centenary.
Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, these new artworks tell the diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today.
One section we’ve particularly found touching, and a really great way of engaging younger audiences with the theme, is this page of graffiti art and writings by Lancashire artist Liam Dean. Have a look, it’s moving and modern and yet still relevant to young people.
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