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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

The Unremembered project

IMG_2934We’re pleased to have been commissioned to make a wreath for The Unremembered project in Hastings and St Leonards.
This is with the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.


We created the wreath with 22 older people who meet at the Elizabeth Blackman Centre in Hastings, East Sussex. The session was facilitated by Strike a Light Director Cath Tajima Powell and it went really well. We’re really pleased with how it’s turned out!

The Unremembered project background:
This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.
Who were the Labour Corps?

 Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.
 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.
British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.
Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.


 
 
 
 
 

The Unremembered project

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

The Unremembered project background:
This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.
Who were the Labour Corps?

 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.
 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.
British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.
Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.
 Events:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver workshops in October and November 2018 in Brighton and Hove with ten different groups in ten different venues across Brighton and Hove to look at the theme of The Unremembered and to commemorate the Labour Corps service personnel and their experiences.
We will do this through engaging with freelancers and volunteers to deliver a series of history and resource led activities which focus on the art of making articulated paper puppets (a common past time a centenary ago) with community groups and families.
These puppets will be a mixture of pre-printed on cardboard outline templates which can then be designed, created and compiled by participants and for those with dexterity issues or the very young, pre-designed printed templates which can be assembled with support and displayed.  We will use fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.
We will also create activities to create dressing paper dolls, so creating the one dimensional paper dolls through templates which are cut out and then one dimensional clothing made relevant to our theme which can then be folded over the puppet body. These dolls were popular during WWI and were still printed then despite paper shortages.
Both these forms of puppet making are ideal for classroom and community projects because they are made with everyday craft supplies and reused materials.
The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – one that it is an engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and secondly that the puppets can be seen as a metaphor for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and essentially treated as such too. This will be a way to valorise those men and celebrate their role.
This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.


 
 
 
 
 

Heritage Lottery Fund profiles project

SufdReally pleased to see that the Heritage Lottery Fund have profiled a South Coast HLF funded project myself (Nicola Benge) and Esther Gill were involved with as Project Managers from 2011-13 called Speaking up for Disability.

This project was supported by a grant through their Priority Development Area grant for the charity Voice for Disability/later (Worthing based charity) Independent Lives.

This project has given disabled people living in West Sussex the chance to tell their own story. There are few records in existence that look at disability from the viewpoint of disabled people themselves because historical reports tend to have been written by hospitals, institutions and other care providers. However,this project has explored the hidden histories of disabled people looking at how their experiences of early life, school, work, families, the views of health professionals, and relationships have altered since the 1940s.

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