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Health, Heritage and Memory Hub

Nicola Benge, Creative Director of Strike a Light will be speaking at this event hosted by the University of Brighton on Friday 22nd March.

This event organised by Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories will explore how health, heritage and memory intersect in research and learning both across the academy and community.  It will also offer opportunities to develop research and community projects, find out about funding opportunities and potential bid writing collaborations, and share information about archives, resources or funding opportunities.

In recent years there has been increasingly acknowledgement of the important role that heritage, whether it’s the built environment or a more expanded notion of cultural heritage, can play in terms of fostering a sense of ‘belonging’ and well-being that’s related to identity and a shared memory of the past.

Our hub will circle questions such as: What is the human experience of well-being? In what ways do memory and heritage have a role to play in the human experience of well-being? We are interested in gathering illustrations of heritage as a context to understand health and historical health care and in finding ways of examining the distinctions between health and well-being and how these are both linked to the concerns of cultural memory and heritage, here heritage can add to our understandings of health and well-being.

Come and find out more about the Health, Heritage and Memory Hub at this networking event that is intended for any individual, group or organisation from the across the public, community or academic spheres.

Free to attend.

Booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-heritage-and-memory-hub-cross-disciplinary-networking-event-tickets-55898174946

Image rights: The 18-seater pram, Park Royal Hospital, London, 1925. Wellcome Trust Collection.

Reminiscence Training available

Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

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This two day training course based at Strike a Light‘s studio in Brighton takes place on 13th and 14th March 2019 (10am-4pm).

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 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.

The 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.

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

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

Two day training (Per person): £160 organisations/£120 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book the course.

Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU

Free Heritage Open Days events this week!

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Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.
These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:
Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities’ experience of the war. This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.
Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War in East Sussex.
Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI. A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!
Event Times
Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600
Booking Details
Book here: botphod.event

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.
Contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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With thanks to the East Sussex in WWI website for image
WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG
Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point. The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Event Times
Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930
Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required

Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

All welcome.  Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.
Additional information
Max 30 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.




REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON

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REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON – Gateways to the First World War

The Gateways team are supporting a number of centenary events taking place in East Sussex and Brighton over the next few weeks.
Bexhill Museum’s First World War Question Time
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Thursday 19 March, 12.30pm-3pm

A First World War Q&A session with a panel of experts including Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton), Claire Eden (Bexhill Museum), Dr Chris Kempshall (First World War Project Officer, ESCC) and Geoff Bridger (Military Historian).
Tickets £2.50 from Bexhill Museum. More information here.

Home Fires: A Haunting story of love and loss during the Great War
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March

A large scale theatrical experience at Newhaven Fort with music, dance, sound installations, projections, professional performance and mass community participation.
Find out more on the Home Fires Facebook page.

‘Relations between French, British & American Soldiers in WW1’, a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall
Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Dr Chris Kempshall at Seaford Martello Tower.
Tickets £2. More information here.

Oh What a Lovely War Family Open Day
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Friday 10 April, 11.30am-3pm FREE

Drop in, take a look around Theatre Royal Brighton and find out what was going on there and elsewhere in the City during the First World War. Exhibitions, displays, making and doing activities and more. Suitable for all ages.
More details available on our website soon.

For more information about these and many other events around the country visit www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events.

Soldiers at Cooden Camp – ‘Lowther’s Lambs’. Image reproduced with permission of Bexhill Museum.

An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Strike a Light attended this course some time ago and found it a really rich and creative experience utilising archives in a new and accessible way.

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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll

Venue: The Keep

Dates: 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March 2015

Four day schools on Saturdays, 10am to 3:30pm

Cost £101.35/ £48.35 unwaged or Student

Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.

The course will consist of four day schools each lasting five hours. The first, ‘Introduction to Mass Observation’ uncovers the unique history of the archive with a particular focus on the diaries within the project. As a group we will spend the morning exploring MO’s fascinating origins in the 1930s documentary movement, its revival in the 1980s and issues such as ethics, representation and historical value. The afternoon will be spent working with archive material, where you will explore and discuss original MO materials and reflect on the issues raised in the morning in practice.

The second day school ‘Using MO for Creative Writing’ will introduce you to how writers have made use of MO material as a source of creative inspiration for their work such as novels, theatrical performances and films. The group will then return to work with original archive material in order to start creating their own pieces of work and formulating ideas for potential projects.

Day school three ‘Observing the Masses’ will involve an overview of the role of photography and observation in the early MO project. We will collaboratively explore Humphrey Spender’s Worktown Collection as part of his extraordinary record of working class life in Britain. You will then engage in your own observations in the local area before regrouping, ready to discuss the related issues. By now you will have decided upon a project of your own you might wish to develop further. For the following week you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or poster to share your ideas with the group for constructive discussion.

The final day school ‘Using MO for Developing Community Projects’ will explore how MO techniques can be used within communities to record the history of everyday lives and to utilise the collected resources creatively. We will look at potential ways of funding creative and community projects. You will have the opportunity to share your early ideas and as a group we will consider what might be the most appropriate way forward for each project. Overall the course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about MO and to use it as a source for inspiration and techniques to work creatively with resources that record everyday lives.

Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian with a range of experience in both the academic and

community arenas across many diverse research projects as tutor, project manager and oral history consultant. She is a community heritage researcher (University of Kent), a steering group member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton), a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing (University of Sussex), on the management committee of QueenSpark Books and a member of the Oral History Society.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch

The Keep is an accessible venue

If you wish to enquire further please contact moa@sussex.ac.uk

To register for the course www.massobs.org/events

The Digital War Memorial

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.

downloadThe 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.