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Vox Pops – Share your memories of Brighton hospital

Vox Pops day – Brighton and Sussex hospitals memories collection day

As part of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) heritage project, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be at Jubilee Library (alongside the Nimbus exhibition about BSUH history) to collect oral histories of experiences of the hospital.

We are seeking people who’ve worked there, patients, visitors, and volunteers focussing on all aspects of the NHS and before in the city.

If you have memories, we’d love to speak to you!

View our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/496518427771737/

Come down to Jubilee Library in Brighton anytime between 10am – 3pm on Saturday 7th September to have your thoughts recorded to form part of a new archive collecting all of this history.

This is also an opportunity to view the BSUH exhibition and join in with this exciting project.

Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com to find out more

https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/brighton-hospital-3ts-oral-history-project/bsuh-oral-histories-wanted/

 

Oral histories of Brighton and Sussex University Hospital wanted!

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is coordinating the collection of oral histories with people who’ve worked at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust to explore the history of the buildings and the people in them.

We are seeking new oral histories for this project and would like to interview new people about roles in the history of the hospital. We would come to either your home or a secluded spot at work and interview you with each interview taking around an hour.

Our purpose is to record memories of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, the Sussex Eye Hospital, Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre and the Princess Royal Hospital, Hayward Heath.

This project is being directed by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage through NIMBUS, in partnership with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

We will create an archive that can be used for publications, websites, exhibitions, teaching and community events. Our plan is to recruit fifty respondents for interview and we are keen to record as wide a historical perspective of hospital life as possible.

These interviews will take place between August 2019 and March 2020 and will be conducted by trained volunteer oral historians from Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage.

If that’s something you would like to participate in, we’d be so pleased! Your interviews will form part of an exhibition at Jubilee Library in September as well as forming part of an archive into the future.

If you are interested, we can send one of our oral history interviewers to do this.

Participants will receive a copy of the oral history recording and the accompanying summary.

Also see our website here: https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/brighton-hospital-3ts-oral-history-project/

Please email Project Manager Nicola Benge – strikealight@rocketmail.com to arrange an interview.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Oral History Training services

Oral History Training

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering oral history training with both the Brighton charity Refugee Radio  for their new project, and for an LGBT project with young people for East Sussex County Council over the next month.

If you would like us to deliver training with your group, do get in touch!

https://strikealight.org/training/oral-history-training/

Oral history interviewers wanted!

Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History from the 19th to the 21st CenturyBrighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust Oral History Project

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering the heritage and oral history provision of the final phase of this BSUH heritage project through Nimbus in Brighton until March 2020.

Oral History Volunteers wanted!

Would you like to learn how to record memories of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (BSUH)?

Want to contribute them to the final phase of a heritage project?

The historic Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive redevelopment to provide top of the range, 21st century healthcare facilities for the people of Brighton & Hove and Sussex. For this to happen, many of the old buildings need to be replaced.

This project will collect memories and stories about the hospital, to capture its heritage and share the role it has played in the lives of Brighton & Hove residents, including staff, patients and the wider community.

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to get involved, who would like to record oral histories with hospital staff, patients, and visitors between until March 2020. We will provide training and support with experienced facilitators and project manager.

The oral history training takes place on 30-31st July in Brighton.

These oral histories will feed into an exhibition taking place in September 2019 at Jubilee Library and also feed into a new archive to share these memories and experiences in March 2020.

There will also be opportunities for further free training and activities over the next seven months with reminiscence training and object handling training in 2019.

If you’d like to get involved, please email us at: strikealight@rocketmail.com

https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/brighton-hospital-3ts-oral-history-project/

Refugee Radio

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering oral history training with the Brighton charity Refugee Radio  for their new project over the next couple of weeks.

Refugee Radio was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. If you are a refugee or asylum seeker who wants to tell their story, or someone supporting a vulnerable migrant who needs our support, Refugee Radio is there to help.

Looking forward to hearing some fascinating new stories about human rights and migration in the coming weeks.

LGBT Oral History training

We’re pleased to be delivering oral history training this summer in Eastbourne for East Sussex County Council to encourage new skills in young LGBT people in East Sussex so that they can record interviews with older LGBT people across the county.

You can book Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage to deliver oral history training to your project or team or send staff and volunteers to our oral history training courses.

Find out more here: https://strikealight.org/training/oral-history-training/

Oral History Volunteers wanted!

Oral History Volunteers wanted!
Would you like to learn how to record memories of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (BSUH) ?
Want to contribute them to the final phase of a heritage project?
The historic Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive redevelopment to provide top of the range, 21st century healthcare facilities for the people of Brighton & Hove and Sussex. For this to happen, many of the old buildings need to be replaced.
This project will collect memories and stories about the hospital, to capture its heritage and share the role it has played in the lives of Brighton & Hove residents, including staff, patients and the wider community.
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to get involved, who would like to record oral histories with hospital staff, patients, and visitors between until March 2020. We will provide training and support with experienced facilitators and project manager.
The oral history training takes place on 30-31st July in Brighton.
These oral histories will feed into an exhibition taking place in September 2019 at Jubilee Library and also feed into a new archive to share these memories and experiences in March 2020.
There will also be opportunities for further free training and activities over the next seven months with reminiscence training and object handling training in 2019.
If you’d like to get involved, please email us at: strikealight@rocketmail.com
For further information go to: https://strikealight.org/

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

Mazel Tov Brighton!

Strike a Light has been awarded a grant by Brighton based The Homity Trust towards a new project called Mazel tov Brighton! which will celebrate links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House, many of whom were born in the city in the 1920s and 30’s and remember it well including shops, people, places and rituals. We aim to start this project in April 2017.
Brighton in the middle part of the 20th century had a pulsating Jewish heart and it was not just in the synagogues. Waterloo Street had a kosher butcher shop and delicatessen, a lively centre of Jewish eating culture. It was Hove’s own Golders Green. Here, cheek by jowl, stood the kosher delicatessen and bakery Chait, the fishmonger Marks’ and the greengrocer run by Jack Caplin.
The times to be there were Friday mornings, as the community prepared for Shabbat, and Sunday as Brighton Jews queued for their hot salt-beef sandwiches and new green pickled cucumber. Sections of the community could be seen taking coffee on the terrace of the Norfolk Hotel (now the Mercure) distinguished by its sweeping Regency staircase and operated by the Feld family.
laughingThese memories are especially significant at the 250th anniversary of Judaism in Brighton (Israel Samuel first moving to the city in 1766).In partnership with the charity Jewish Care (of which Hyman Fine House celebrates its’ 20th anniversary in 2017) and Brighton Museum (Community Engagement Service), we aim to explore the museum’s image archive creating a series of 20 reminiscence sessions with residents at the home.
Participants will work with a facilitator over 10 further sessions to create their own memory books, supporting this with personal photos, drawings, memories and characters from their past, and use archival images to support development of these experiences, reminding residents of their lives, and creating a wider context for Judaism in Brighton and Hove. We notice that as our residents age, moving permanently into the care home, they have to significantly downsize, giving away belongings and losing artefacts and memories of earlier life.
We will draw on a recently created app by National Museums Liverpool ‘My House of Memories’ specifically aimed at older people with dementia, and their carers (with added content from Brighton and other national museums), which locates local memories and artefacts, generating discussion about the heritage of the city. This project is a key way to ensure that this generational collective memories isn’t lost, preserving images, memories, as well as helping to contextualise photographs available free for use within the Museum archive, celebrating this rich tradition and heritage.
We will bring in speakers for sessions on this topic to Hyman Fine House including the Jewish Historical Society. We will train volunteers on a one day course, to help with residents’ life research, provide relevant outings to archives and exhibitions. We will bring in 3 freelance artist and heritage professionals to develop this relationship. We will collate these memories into a series of bespoke books with a small print run (and digital downloadable version) which will be available to view publicly, as well forming personal archives of Jewish lives in Brighton.
We will also specifically work with young people from nearby Brighton College whose role will be to support frail older people to engage in the project whilst also learning about Jewish heritage in Brighton. This will form part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. These volunteers will support each of the activities above. Activities will be delivered on a regular basis over 12 months to ensure that participants benefit including residents from Hyman Fine House, other Jewish people living in Brighton, other older people living in the city, as well as school pupils and the wider community.
With over 40 Jewish residents, the majority with dementia, alongside conditions like blindness and schizophrenia, residents often suffer from isolation and depression. Due to this high dependency, it’s challenging supporting residents with activities, staff being engaged with care rather than pastoral activities.
To combat this, Hyman Fine House and Strike a Light (through a prior engagement relationship) work hard to involve residents in planning and decision-making in regular meetings through a residents and volunteers committee, find out what activities residents enjoy, exploring new ideas for activities to try.
Through this committee, we work towards a supportive programme of events, ensuring resident well-being as they move toward end of life care. Activities requested by residents and which we have been able to provide, from horticulture to improvised music and the home ensure that activities become part of a supportive programme of events, offering residents stimulation and focussed activities.
Scheme residents provide evidence themselves and Strike a Light has seen this through discussion, surveys, and care staff feedback. Residents request events and it is notable that creative activities have immensely improved their emotional wellbeing. Recent activities with residents have indicated that reminiscence sessions and local histories combined with creativity are what have made the participants come to life the most, making them cry with laughter, and be more alert and attentive.
From this contact, and resident requests, we can see how important remembering these lives and histories is to each of them for their own lives and sense of identity, as well as the character of Hyman Fine House care home.
As part of this process the home has had visits from Brighton & Hove Museums Service to look at handling collections and made reciprocal visits to the museum as well as enquiries from Brighton College and other secondary schools about pupil involvement in cross-generational Key Stage 3 learning activities. In addition, we have offers of support from volunteers coming from a range of different backgrounds, and who would like to receive further training to help support their involvement with residents, increasing the way they can engage with and support them.
All types of older people will enjoy reflecting upon Brighton in earlier years and specifically about what types of shops existed and the produce they sold.
People interested in history and cultural diversity will enjoy the stories and how they are made available through print and online with the support of the museum service and heritage professionals. And young people will benefit from increasing their knowledge and understanding of Jewish identity and its historical context in Brighton over 250 years as well as enjoying the company of older Jewish people living at Hyman Fine House. Mazel tov!
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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.