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Brighton Dome Brighton Festival – I Was There project

From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project

Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival want to record your memorable stories as part of a new heritage project, I Was There to capture our history for future generations.

Delivering the project is Sussex-based organisation, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, who will be training a team of volunteers to conduct oral history interviews with participants.

The interviews and collection of memorabilia will be archived for future generations, and selected stories will be presented in an online exhibition and feature in a public programme of tours and talks at Brighton Dome.

Tea Dances at Brighton Dome 2013

Kate Richardson, Participatory Interpretation Manager, Brighton Dome said:

“We’d love to hear people’s unique recollections or from anyone who has a special connection to Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival – whether it was 50 years ago or more recently. We’re keen to speak to audience members recounting how they felt about seeing their favourite artist or witnessing a sporting event; performers and participants who took part in a show, as well as former employees who can tell us what it was like working behind the scenes.”

Since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, Brighton Dome’s three stages have seen a dazzling array of illustrious artists and musical icons such as Patti Smith, Beyoncé, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, as well as hosting tea dances, wrestling matches and graduation ceremonies. And since 1967, Brighton Festival has brought thousands of international artists to the city with Guest Directors including Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest.

Jimi Hendrix on stage at Brighton Dome in 1966

  • The interviews will take place between February and July 2020 and will be conducted by trained oral historians.
  •  A member of our interview team will be in touch to organise where and when the recording should take place, at a time and place convenient to you.
  •  Each interview will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • The recordings and edited transcripts will be archived.
  • Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will have the rights to use archived material as a resource.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting the oral history project as part of their contribution towards the refurbishment of Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please email strikealight@rocketmail.com

Brighton Dome Brighton Festival – Making Memories Oral History Project

We are delighted to be working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to deliver a new project starting in January 2020 to capture memories of events, performance and shows at Brighton Dome over the years.

Graduations, tea dances, roller derbies, pop icons, Suffragette protests, cutting-edge art, silent discos, hairdressing championships, tear-jerking theatre, fierce debates and Eurovision winners. We’ve seen it all.

‘And since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago,
our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors – from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.’

As a volunteer, you will plan and hold interviews to creatively re-tell moving memories from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival visitors.

This work will end up being part of an exciting story-telling project
about one of the most vital arts centres in heart of Brighton & Hove,
and the memories collected will be shared with generations to come.

Volunteers will:
• receive all training and equipment will be provided
• receive expenses
• need to be aged 18+
• need to commit to the project until July 2020
• need to attend a two hour research session once a month
• need to attend one day training sessions on 25th January 2020
and another date in April.

To find out more, you can download the research job description here Oral History Volunteer RD

If you would like to talk about the project and sharing your memories, please complete our contact form to get in touch!

We want your memories! History of Royal Sussex County Hospital


We want your memories!

Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History

Sussex residents are invited to share their memories – both as staff and patients – for the final phase of a heritage project co-ordinated by Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage, and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH). We will be collecting memories until December 21st 2019.

Participants will be asked about their memories of the five BSUH hospitals: Princess Royal Hospital – formerly Cuckmere and Haywards Heath Hospital, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sussex Eye Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre.

Oral history project manager Nicola Benge says: ‘We are interested to hear about training, about the social life of hospitals, of hierarchies and comradeship. We want to know about changes in the way that patients are treated, medical and technical innovations, in care and also, possibly, in difficulties or struggles. We very much want to collect the hitherto unrecorded or neglected story, for hospitals are more than bricks and mortar.’

Anyone interested in participating should contact: Nicola Benge (Project Manager) – strikealight@rocketmail.com

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

  
  

100 Years of Council Housing


The Housing Act 1919, more commonly known as the Addison Act after then-minister for health and housing Lord Christopher Addison, paved the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years. It is credited with establishing the principle of large-scale, state-funded provision of council housing at low rents.

We are pleased to be delivering a project to celebrate a centenary of council housing in Brighton and Hove for Brighton and Hove City Council.

“Brighton Corporation had begun slum clearance efforts back in the 1890s and even built a small number of homes to rehouse – though at rents they couldn’t pay – some of those displaced.   In 1919 much remained to be done; the local Medical Officer of Health estimated 3152 new houses were needed to ensure a decent home for all.”

This project will explore and commemorate this for the anniversary, and to celebrate the fact that the council is now building homes once more.

We will share more about this project in due course, but there will be activities and celebrations coming up!

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Vox Pops tomorrow

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 1pm – 5.30pm on Friday 20th 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/

 

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Vox Pops

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 1pm – 5.30pm on Friday 20th 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/

 

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Vox Pops

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 1pm – 5.30pm on Friday 20th 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/

 

Symposium – History of Royal Sussex County Hospital (20th September)

Our Creative Director Nicola Benge will be saying a few words at this event, it’s free and celebrates BSUH history. Come along and join us!
 
Symposium about the history of Royal Sussex County Hospital, ethics in healthcare, and the opportunities for participatory arts practice in health settings.
Speakers include:

There will be three speakers at the event, held at Jubilee Library, including:

  • Dr Carina Westling, who is co-director of The Nimbus Group, will speak about the history of the hospital, from its inception, through to its current state, including how the hospital’s work with the community has changed, and how healthcare has developed over the 200-year history of the hospital.
  • Daniel Locke is an artist and illustrator who has been commissioned to work with the public to create a new artwork for the new Royal Sussex County Hospital. Daniel will talk about working with health workers, patients and the community, and how they have contributed to and inspired new artwork.
  • Dr Bobbie Farsides, Chair of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at the University of Sussex, specialises in research on ante-natal screening and testing, reproductive technologies, palliative care and issues around death and dying, and will talk about how personal and organisational perspectives come together in healthcare ethics.
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton BN1 1GE
Date and time: 1:30pm registration, finish at 4:30pm. Free refreshments provided.
 
There are limited spaces for this event, book your ticket on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.
 
The symposium is part of a commemorative programme of events supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.
 

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Today!

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 1pm – 5.30pm on Friday 20th 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/

 

Share your memories of Brighton hospital – Saturday 7th September!

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/