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Pavilion Blues

2016-06-08 14.58.00An enjoyable session today at Brighton Museum at the Pavilion Blues exhibition with participants from our Boys on the PlaqueConversation Cafes group who meet on the second Wednesday of every month.
Nicola Benge of Strike a Light escorted the group to visit the exhibition, and had a guided talk by curator Jo Palache who explained how difficult it had been to find the artefacts now on display with a bit of detective work to track images down.
Some of the items had been found under the floorboards of the Royal Pavilion much later after the time when it serves as a hospital for limbless men recovering from their time in battle in World War I.
2016-06-08 14.44.02Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity
From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton. To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity, at Brighton Museum.
After the closure of the Indian Military Hospital in the early months of 1916, the Royal Pavilion was refitted to provide speciali2016-06-08 14.41.11st treatment and rehabilitation to servicemen who had one or more limbs amputated.
The treatment could take between three to six months in order to ensure the patients’ wounds had healed sufficiently for the men to return to civilian life.
The exhibition carries on until November 2016 and we recommend a visit to the museum to view it!
Next Conversation Cafe
Our next Conversations Cafe event will be taking place on Wednesday 13th July at the Rare Books archive in Jubilee Library (Second Floor), Brighton. Free. From 2.30-4.30pm.
We welcome historian Dr Anne Logan who will be discussing the role of women in the First World War. She specialises in nineteenth and 20th century British social history and women’s history.
Look forward to seeing you there!
 
 

Conversation Cafe update – June 2016

Change of event for June 2016 –
Instead of our usual World War I themed Conversation Cafe for the Boys on the Plaque project at Jubilee Library, we’ll be going on an outing for those who can attend, to the Pavilion Blues exhibition at Brighton Museum instead. (Details below). If you would like to attend, it is free to do so, but please RSVP.
We will meet at the front of Jubilee Library on Wednesday 8th June at 2.30pm and walk across to the Museum from there – we will have a speaker (Jo Palache from Brighton Museum) at the exhibition to discuss it with us. Please bring a proof of your address with you so that it is free to attend (for Brighton and Hove residents).
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In addition, our new book for June’s session from the library service is available. This is called The Suicide Club by author and ex BBC documentary maker Andrew  Williams. This is a dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle during the First World War.
For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle fought behind the lines. Andrew Williams’ novels possess ‘a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few thrillers can match’ (Sunday Times).
More about the Pavilion Blues exhibition:
An exhibition exploring the history of the Pavilion Military Hospital in Brighton.
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