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Strike a Light – Stay in touch!

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Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
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or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Shalom Sussex- The Jewish Community in WWI

 

Shalom Sussex- The Jewish Community in WWI

We’ve researching hard with our newest project, Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI.

In the coming weeks, we will be visiting The Keep archive, West Sussex Record Office and the National Archives to try to build a picture of life for Jewish people in Sussex during the First World War.

If you’d like to find out more about this theme or get involved as a volunteer researcher, receive training, meet new people and gain some useful skills, then please get in touch.

To find out more 
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Nicola Benge, Project Manager – Shalom Sussex

shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com

#shalomsussex

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

  

Shalom Sussex – New opportunities for research and activities

Shalom Sussex- The Jewish Community in WWI

This project enables people in Sussex to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the Jewish people who lived locally during and post the First World War to collect these hidden histories.  Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant.

Our project researchers have been hard at work collecting photographs, newspaper clippings, and photos, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was like.

The main focus of our project will be the creation of a community history website to collect new archive material, as well as to share this heritage publicly. In keeping with Jewish tradition, this site will enable visitors to respect ancestors so that their passing can be commemorated.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer researcher, receive training, meet new people and gain some useful skills, then please get in touch by email: shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Partners
The Centre for German-Jewish Archives
Since its establishment in 1994, the Centre has developed into a major institution for the study of the history, culture and thought of Jews in Central Europe and for the training of a new generation of teachers and researchers in this field.
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cgjs/

Jewish Historical Society of England
The Jewish Historical Society of England, the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe was founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day.

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Jewish Care
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East with over 70 centres and services, touching the lives of 10,000 people every week.
https://www.jewishcare.org/

To find out more 
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Nicola Benge, Project Manager – Shalom Sussex

shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com
#shalomsussex

About the project

  

Trailblazers – Inspirational Women


Trailblazers – Free digital downloads

We’re launching 10 new digital Trailblazers resources which celebrate contemporary Sussex women and their achievements.

You can view and download the cards individually or as one whole pack to share and promote Sussex women’s achievements in their respective fields, available on our website: https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/trailblazers-posters/

We have the following amazing women to celebrate:

Artist and Charity CEO Kate Adams MBE,  Activist and Lawyer Jo Wilding, Entrepreneur Jo Fairley, TV and Radio personality Zoe Ball, Recycling goddess Cat Fletcher, Actress Pauline HenriquesMP Caroline Lucas, Business woman and social justice campaigner Dame Anita Roddick DBE, Performer, Writer and parenting campaigner Maggie Gordon-Walker, Fuel poverty campaigner and CEO of BHESCo Kayla Ente

We’re pleased to have a wide array of women and skills in this contemporary arena whilst whilst drawing parallels with other notable local women of the past at the same time.

These are free to download and share, so please do so.

  

Shalom Sussex – Get Involved!

Shalom Sussex- The Jewish Community in WWI

We’ve begun our newest project, Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme.

This project enables people in Sussex to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the Jewish people who lived locally during and post the First World War to collect these hidden histories.  Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant.

Our project researchers have been hard at work collecting photographs, newspaper clippings, and photos, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was like.

The main focus of our project will be the creation of a community history website to collect new archive material, as well as to share this heritage publicly. In keeping with Jewish tradition, this site will enable visitors to respect ancestors so that their passing can be commemorated.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer researcher, receive training, meet new people and gain some useful skills, then please get in touch by email: shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com

http://shalomsussex.co.uk/

Partners
The Centre for German-Jewish Archives
Since its establishment in 1994, the Centre has developed into a major institution for the study of the history, culture and thought of Jews in Central Europe and for the training of a new generation of teachers and researchers in this field.
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cgjs/

Jewish Historical Society of England
The Jewish Historical Society of England, the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe was founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day.

Home

Jewish Care
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East with over 70 centres and services, touching the lives of 10,000 people every week.
https://www.jewishcare.org/

To find out more 
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Nicola Benge, Project Manager – Shalom Sussex

shalomsussexwwi@gmail.com
#shalomsussex

About the project

  

Health, Heritage and Memory Hub

Nicola Benge, Creative Director of Strike a Light will be speaking at this event hosted by the University of Brighton on Friday 22nd March.

This event organised by Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories will explore how health, heritage and memory intersect in research and learning both across the academy and community.  It will also offer opportunities to develop research and community projects, find out about funding opportunities and potential bid writing collaborations, and share information about archives, resources or funding opportunities.

In recent years there has been increasingly acknowledgement of the important role that heritage, whether it’s the built environment or a more expanded notion of cultural heritage, can play in terms of fostering a sense of ‘belonging’ and well-being that’s related to identity and a shared memory of the past.

Our hub will circle questions such as: What is the human experience of well-being? In what ways do memory and heritage have a role to play in the human experience of well-being? We are interested in gathering illustrations of heritage as a context to understand health and historical health care and in finding ways of examining the distinctions between health and well-being and how these are both linked to the concerns of cultural memory and heritage, here heritage can add to our understandings of health and well-being.

Come and find out more about the Health, Heritage and Memory Hub at this networking event that is intended for any individual, group or organisation from the across the public, community or academic spheres.

Free to attend.

Booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-heritage-and-memory-hub-cross-disciplinary-networking-event-tickets-55898174946

Image rights: The 18-seater pram, Park Royal Hospital, London, 1925. Wellcome Trust Collection.

Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities:
Follow our website here
Join us on Facebook
Twitter @strikealight
Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
Instagram: Strikealight_artsandheritage
or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

Armistice centenary 2018 – Strike a Light attends memorial at Westminster Abbey

45284353_282863865696332_219482063005286400_nbackground.jpgWe’re off to Westminster Abbey in London this Sunday 11th November for the special centenary commemorations of World War I along with the Royal Family, for our work with Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage on The Orange Lilies: Brighton & Hove in the Somme project from 2016 onwards.
We’re very honoured to have been invited and feel like we’re representing all the fantastic Great War focussed projects in Brighton and Hove on a national level.
Thanks to all our project partners – Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, Fabrica Gallery and Gateways to the First World War, as well as our indispensible volunteers and participants who were involved in bringing this research to life during this time and helping remember the lives of the Royal Sussex Regiment during WWI.


 

Indian Soldiers in Brighton & Hove in WWI talk- Shoreham Wordfest

Indian soldiers talk - Wordfest
This evening!
An event to celebrate Black History Month
Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.
This will be followed by a live Q+A with speakers.
Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.
This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.
Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.
Tickets available for £6: https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/indian-soldiers-in-ww1-nicola-benge/
This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest
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Trench Brothers project continues

161222-SS_Mendi-1The acclaimed ‘imaginative and inspiring’ Trench Brothers project commemorating the contributions and personal stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War will culminate in Brighton and the South East this year.
Award winning charity HMDT Music is working with Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage, to explore the stories of the impact the Indian Army Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies Regiment training camp in Seaford, East Sussex had on local communities at the time. We will undertake visits to The Keep archives, The Chattri, Seaford Museum and Newhaven Fort as well as interview Sussex residents who may have links with this theme.
These findings will be captured and showcased as part of the interactive Trench Brothers Exhibition being shown at Newhaven Fort from 4th August 2018, which features a creative response to the research as part of a bigger event.
The final strand is an education project involving eight local schools using puppetry, composition, artefacts, costumed interpreters and cross-curricular learning, leading to them performing a newly commissioned music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green alongside jazz and opera singers, musicians and puppeteers at Brighton Dome on 17th October.
Find out more about this fascinating yet complex period of history and the result of these epic global changes affecting a small corner of Sussex.
For more information about this project contact Project Coordinator: Nicola Benge: strikealight@rocketmail.com
https://strikealight.org/projects/trench-brothers-wwi-project/