Tag Archives: Nicola Benge

Silver Foxes group to start!

Silver Foxes 

We’re pleased to announce that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is has received further funding for our reminiscence group aimed at older people called Silver Foxes. The group is based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group  will be on alternate Fridays at 2pm starting on 15th November 2019 and will meet until end May 2020.

We will be exploring life memories and local history to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.

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Archives Alive – New reminiscence sessions across Brighton and Hove

We’re pleased to be delivering 18 distinct Reminiscence sessions with older people across Brighton and Hove for QueenSpark Books between now and March 2020 for their Archives Alive project, which is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Since 1972 QueenSpark Books has been dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories. They do this through publishing oral histories or creative responses to local history, via books, e-books, exhibitions, events, websites and other projects.

We’ll be exploring local memories and personal histories in Portslade with the Memories Past group, central Brighton at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme & Kemptown through Hyman Fine House Jewish Care residence.

We’ll be using four books created by QueenSpark in summer 2019 which have been recently published and have encouraged researchers to delve into the archives of existing books to share memories in a more contextualised way.
You can find out more about these publications here: https://queensparkbooks.org.uk/projects/archives-alive-project/

Silver Foxes group to start!

We’re pleased to announce that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is has received further funding for our reminiscence group aimed at older people called Silver Foxes. The group is based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group  will be on alternate Fridays at 2pm starting on 15th November 2019 and will meet until end May 2020.

We will be exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.

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Shalom Sussex project news

A round up of our Shalom Sussex project events this year. There’s a lot of them!

The Shalom Sussex- The Jewish Community in World War I project will take place between March 2019 and March 2020, and will be hosting or visiting the following events during that time.

To add a related event or find out more, please contact Project Coordinator Nicola Benge – shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Events and Activities 

2019

Wednesday 7th August 10-1pm: Research drop in at The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP with Dr Diana Wilkins to help support researchers with the Shalom Sussex project.
Friday 9th August 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 14th August 9-6pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher research outing to National Archives at Kew to research Jewish Lives. Bring a packed lunch! Travel provided.
Friday 23rd August 11-3pm: Jewish Care outing to Newhaven Fort, East Sussex to see WWI exhibitions.
Wednesday 28th August 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Wednesday 4th September 10-1pm: Research drop in at The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP with Dr Diana Wilkins to help support researchers with the Shalom Sussex project. This will take place on the first Wednesday of the month and isn’t compulsory but will be a good source of support for researching information with this project.
Friday 6th September 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 25th September 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Wednesday 2nd October 10-1pm: Research drop in at The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP with Dr Diana Wilkins to help support researchers with the Shalom Sussex project. This will take place on the first Wednesday of the month and isn’t compulsory but will be a good source of support for researching information with this project.
Friday 11th October 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 16th October 2-4pm: Sukkot party for Jewish Care residents of Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 30th October 9-6pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher research outing to Imperial War Museum in London to research Jewish Lives. Bring a packed lunch! Travel provided.
Wednesday 6th November 10-1pm: Research drop in at The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP with Dr Diana Wilkins to help support researchers with the Shalom Sussex project. This will take place on the first Wednesday of the month and isn’t compulsory but will be a good source of support for researching information with this project.
Friday 8th November 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 27th November 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Wednesday 4th December 10-1pm: Research drop in at The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP with Dr Diana Wilkins to help support researchers with the Shalom Sussex project. This will take place on the first Wednesday of the month and isn’t compulsory but will be a good source of support for researching information with this project.
Friday 6th December 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Tuesday 10th December 2019 2-7pm: One day conference on Shalom Sussex – Jewish People in WWI, Brighton. Room 105, University of Brighton, Edward Street, Brighton.Speakers include – Dr Gideon Reuveni – Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, and Dr Mark Connelly a specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s.Additional speakers are the Shalom Sussex project manager and researchers sharing their findings.
Wednesday 18th December 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Wednesday 8th January 2020 10-4pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher outing to West Sussex Record Office in Chichester, West Sussex to research local Jewish Lives. Bring a packed lunch. Travel provided.
Friday 10th January 11-12pm: Jewish reminiscence session at Hyman Fine House, 20 Burlington Street, Brighton. All welcome.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Wednesday 26th February 2020 10.30-11.30pm: Volunteer Heritage Researcher meeting to discuss Shalom Sussex and look at opportunities and activities. To take place at Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Balcony, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Reminiscence for West Sussex – Bognor

Training

We’re delivering our final day of training in West Sussex this week with bespoke reminiscence activities for library staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Bognor

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

You can see all the training we offer here:

https://strikealight.org/training/

Reminiscence for West Sussex – Horsham

Training

We’re delivering more days of training in West Sussex this week with bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Worthing, Bognor, Crawley and Horsham amongst others between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

You can see all the training we offer here:

https://strikealight.org/training/

Reminiscence for West Sussex – Crawley

Training

We’re delivering more days of training in West Sussex this week with bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Worthing, Bognor, Crawley and Horsham amongst others between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

You can see all the training we offer here:

https://strikealight.org/training/

Reminiscence for West Sussex

Training

We’re starting the first of day days of training in West Sussex this week to deliver bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Worthing, Bognor, Crawley and Horsham amongst others between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

You can see all the training we offer here:

https://strikealight.org/training/

Strike a Light at Legacies of First World War Conference – This weekend

Our creative director Nicola Benge is pleased to be speaking at the Legacies of the First World War Festival in Birmingham this weekend.
She will be looking at some of the projects Strike a Light have worked on over the past four years with a special focus on those which explore the black and minority ethnic contributions to the war. 
These projects include Dr Blighty, Trench Brothers and The Unremembered.
 
This two day community history conference is free to attend and has the noted historian David Olusoga as keynote speaker on the first day.
 
Come and experience some great histories and legacies of WWI.
You can book for any or all of the events including both conference days, and the evening event. Come join us!
 
Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The University of Birmingham Centre is a joint initiative across the Midlands with Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester, and further afield with Cardiff University, University of Durham, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University.
The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and supports a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.

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.