Strike a Light has just finished the schools and activity delivery of the Dr Blighty project for Nutkhut after a hectic six weeks in Brighton and Hove! Last we we rounded things up with a trip to the Royal Pavilion with curator Kevin Bacon who gave the Brighton and Hove Home Education Group pupils a talk about Indian Soldiers in the city during World War I.
Following this, we ran a day of creative activities along the theme of Dr Blighty at Jubilee Library which was a drop in for families and children. We hung up saris, played Diwali and Bollywood music and had help from two artists who worked with participants to create Rangoli mandalas, Indian posters and Kandil lanterns. We had 75 children in sessions, so it was a hectic but lovely day.
We are now concentrating on creating a Key Stage 2 and 3 Education Pack about the theme and which once it’s completed in January 2017, will then go out to all city schools for use in the future and promote the BME history of WWI in the city.
You can see some of the event images below.
We’ve been having a lovely time this month with local artists going in to schools across Brighton and Hove to deliver a variety of themed arts workshops with children and young people as part of the wider Dr Blighty project.
We’ve created seven different themes to engage young people in the city linking to Indian soldiers in Brighton in WWI, including making Diwali shadow puppets, creating memorials, offering Kandil lanterns and finding out more about the men who came here through a series of centenary biographies.
Find out more about the project as a whole through the organisation Nutkhut who’ve contracted us to deliver these sessions.
Organised by Nicola Benge of Strike a Light, Jo Palache from Brighton Museum came to give a talk to to Conversation Cafe group (part of The Boys on the Plaque) project about Indian Soldiers in Brighton in World War I, and to share learning on this topic for the Dr Blighty project.
This project from Nutkhut, part of this year’s Brighton Festival, was an HLF funded series of activities commemorating the contribution of Indian Soldiers in the Great War as well as the Brighton connection to this part of the Commonwealth.
Thanks to Jo Palache for coming to speak to the group.
Strike a Light in partnership with Nutkhut and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service hosted a lunchtime event today at Jubilee Library.
We were pleased to invite Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut and author Umi Sinha to discuss the Dr Blighty project currently taking place in the city during Brighton Festival, alongside the novel Belonging, both of which explore the theme of Indian Soldiers in Brighton during WWI and colonialism during that time and beyond. It was an interesting and rich experience with in-depth historical information and thoughts on this period of Britain and India’s past.
We had a full house, followed up the event with an audience Q+A and followed this with chai from the library cafe and a book signing!
Come join us this Thursday for a free lunchtime heritage and literary event for the Dr Blighty Indian Soldiers project, part of Brighton Festival.
This is a lunchtime event. Feel free to bring your own lunch, and Temptations cafe in the library will also be open for lunches and refreshments. They will serve a specially made Indian Chai drink to accompany the event.
Thursday 12th May 12-1.30pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton
Dr Blighty Brighton Festival lunchtime event (Free) –
The event includes:
* A talk with Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Ajay Chhabra who discusses Dr Blighty, an ambitious new project inspired by an untold story of the First World War, remembering an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers.
* Author of new novel Belonging, Umi Sinha will read from her book chronicling the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War. The story is a compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging.
* Q&A session with event audience and speakers
* This will be followed by an author book signing – copies of her new book will be available at the event, or bring your own copy. All welcome!
With thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support.
(with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support)
Our free WWI reminiscence CONVERSATION CAFÉS continue this month, taking place on the second Wednesday of every month.
This month’s session is on Wednesday 11th May at Jubilee Library, Brighton from 2.30-4.30pm. Free and all welcome!
from Brighton Museum will be our speaker at next month’s Conversation Cafe. She will talk about piecing together the stories of the Pavilion Military Hospital from it’s beginnings treating Indian Soldiers to its work with British amputees.
She will give an overview of the hospital’s history from the Indian to the Limbless hospital for those who aren’t familiar with it, and will then focus on some stories of the individuals involved, in reference to the new Pavilion Blues exhibition at Brighton Museum.
We’ll be discussing a novel by local author Umi Sinha called Belonging:
From the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War, BELONGING tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence.
It is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila’s story, through her grandmother’s letters home from India and the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.’
Dr Blighty is a big show in May in Brighton Festival, it will take place in Pavilion Gardens and tells the story of the days when the Pavilion and Dome served as a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during WW1.
Part of the show will involve a number of voices reading the letters which the soldiers sent home to their families. You will be able to hear these on sound equipment hidden in the trees etc – the whispers of the past……………
We are looking for 4 or 5 young people aged between 8 and 14 who would be able to come to the Royal Pavilion for a recording session in March. The recordings will then be taken away and edited for May so this is a one off engagement!
Details as follows: Thursday March 10th . Meet in Brighton Dome Foyer Bar, Church Street 4.30 pm for an introduction to the project followed by a recording session which will take place in the Royal Pavilion Music Room from 6pm – 7.30 (latest)
Licensed chaperones are available but Parents can accompany their children at all times including entrance to the Royal Pavilion.
Refreshments and travel expenses will be provided.
Anyone interested in taking part will be sent letters to practise reading –nobody is expected to learn their scripts!
Please contact: Pauline Freestone at email@example.com with the name and age of your child and an email contact.