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Get involved with our new project!

LITA - Black RockGet involved with our new The Orange Lilies project which has just begun and which is researching and commemorating the role of Brighton and Hove born Royal Sussex Regiment soldiers in the battle of the Somme in 1916.
We’re seeking volunteer researchers, project participants, young people who are interested in learning about making short films, and creative young people to participate in a series of free textile workshops between June 2016 and June 2017. If you would like to find out more, then have a look at our new project website here or email theorangelilies@gmail.com to participate in the project.
We’d love to hear your stories, find out about family history, uncover information about Brighton and Hove at home during the battle of the Somme, and those city soldiers abroad who served on the battlefields and what happened to them.
We’ve started to uncover stories about soldiers like Private Frederick George Stoner who died on 28th October 1916 and who’s name is engraved on the memorial at Thiepval in the Somme, France. Here he writes a postcard is to his sister Ellen (‘Nellie’) Elizabeth Stoner (later Simmons) in 1916. The front of the postcard shows ‘Inside of the church’ at Eclusier-Vaux in the Somme.
church in the Somme - lita.jpg
Images both with kind permission of the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books.

Brighton and Hove in World War I – stories from the past

Help support a new graphic novel project from Brighton organisation QueenSpark Books   through Kickstarter and find out more about Brighton and Hove’s 100th anniversary of the Great War.
 
This marks a moment in time where they can creatively engage young people in understanding the lives of their forebears, and the impact the War had on this city and its people.
 
QueenSpark Books has been working with young people across Brighton & Hove, to produce a print and online graphic novel based on the lives of the people of Brighton & Hove up to and including the First World War. Aiming to commemorate and share stories and tales of life in the city in the lead up to, during and immediately after the Great War. Watch Brighton’s war stories here.
 
The project uses local stories and images from the period between 1900-1920 to create and tell some of the lesser known histories of the City. Material has been drawn from the archives of QueenSpark Books, Brighton & Hove Museum and The Keep, to develop
See quirky images from Brighton’s home front from 1914-1918 here or take a tour around the city during wartime. View local artefacts from this time including a local pass book which had to be carried by all British subjects and visitor permit books for travel were more detailed. The authorities even needed to know whether your male family members were ‘for or against His Majesty’s allies in the present war’.

Permit book from WWI in Brighton
Permit book from WWI in Brighton

“My mother, Amy Lee, who later became Amy Jones … had many jobs including being a cook at Divalls, Smiths in Lewes Road, a greengrocer in Lewes Road and Cooks the Jam Factory. When war broke out she went to Allen West to work on munitions and said that while she was there one of the floors collapsed. It was said that the weight of the munitions was too great. 
Afterwards she was sent to Royal Alfred Sailors Institute at Belevere. When she returned to Brighton she worked on the trams based at Lewes Road. The photo was probably taken as an advertising feature for a local paper…”Ruby Jones

Buses in Brighton
Buses in Brighton

Conversations Cafes sessions coming up

BOTP LogoConversations Cafes still to come as part of the Boys on the Plaque WWI project in Brighton – All free and all welcome!
• March 9th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Presentation by Stoolball England Officer Anita Broad on sport in Sussex during WWI. WWI Book discussion session (part of World Book Day)
• April 13 – Meet at Jubilee Library
Dr Sam Carroll of Gateways to First World War talking about the project. Historian Douglas d’Enno also to present his new book ‘Brighton in the Great War’. We start reading Belonging by Umi Sinha.
• May 11th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Jo Palache from Brighton Museum talks 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 also look at Indian Soldiers at the Royal Pavilion for the Dr Blighty project.
• June 8th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Professor June Purvis discusses the Suffragettes role in WWI and beyond.
• July 13th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Dr Anne Logan discusses the role of women in the First World War.
• August 10th – No Session
• September 14th – Meet at Jubilee Library
A final session and discussion of our themes and events. This session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.
 • October 12th – Meet at Jubilee Library

The Boys on the Plaque research group to give a presentation on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove to the group.

The Digital War Memorial

Strike a Light has been checking out some new World War I related resources recently, since we’ll be working with Queenspark Books on their new A Graphic War project which starts in November 2014 and runs until September 2016.

downloadThe Digital War Memorial website is one such inspiring resource which brings together communities and artists across the UK to make unique creative responses to the First World War Centenary.

Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, these new artworks tell the diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today.

One section we’ve particularly found touching, and a really great way of engaging younger audiences with the theme, is this page of graffiti art and writings by Lancashire artist Liam Dean. Have a look, it’s moving and modern and yet still relevant to young people.