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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!

Oral History Volunteers wanted!

Oral History Volunteers wanted!
Would you like to learn how to record memories of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (BSUH) ?
Want to contribute them to the final phase of a heritage project?
The historic Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive redevelopment to provide top of the range, 21st century healthcare facilities for the people of Brighton & Hove and Sussex. For this to happen, many of the old buildings need to be replaced.
This project will collect memories and stories about the hospital, to capture its heritage and share the role it has played in the lives of Brighton & Hove residents, including staff, patients and the wider community.
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to get involved, who would like to record oral histories with hospital staff, patients, and visitors between until March 2020. We will provide training and support with experienced facilitators and project manager.
The oral history training takes place on 30-31st July in Brighton.
These oral histories will feed into an exhibition taking place in September 2019 at Jubilee Library and also feed into a new archive to share these memories and experiences in March 2020.
There will also be opportunities for further free training and activities over the next seven months with reminiscence training and object handling training in 2019.
If you’d like to get involved, please email us at: strikealight@rocketmail.com
For further information go to: https://strikealight.org/

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.


 

Mazel tov Brighton

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage created a magazine recently about Brighton and Hove Jewish history as part of our just completed Mazel tov Brighton project.
You can view the digital version of the magazine here: 18-323-NC Hyman Fine Mazel Tov Brighton Magazine
jewish shopThe project has celebrated the links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House, many of whom were born in the city in the 1920s and 30’s and remember it well, including shops, people, places and rituals.
The project began in April 2017 and ran until autumn 2018. The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia.
We have done this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history, with residents of Hyman Fine House (HFH). Dance practitioners have encouraged physical activity with residents and carers that celebrate traditional Jewish performance including Sephardic dance, the Hora, and Flamenco which has links with this heritage.
Middle Street Synagog 1960Through this project, we have revitalised residents, generated energy, uncovered memories, and explored city heritage. This project ensures generational memories aren’t lost to dementia, preserving physical traditions and movement; celebrating Judaism’s rich tradition.
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Mazel Tov Brighton - Middle Street Synagogue visit, 1st June 2018

Trench Brothers project starts!

We’ve just been engaged to work on this lovely project ‘Trench Brothers’ in Sussex for HMDT Music.
 
Trench Brothers brings the First World War to life for students through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. It commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, enabling students to develop a creative, artistic response to the stories and immortalise the deeds of these forgotten soldiers.
 
We will be delivering free training in archives and research with volunteers in the area, alongside visits to Seaford Museum, The Keep and the Chattri. This will lead to an exhibition this summer at Newhaven Fort.
 
We’ll be sending out more information soon about how to get involved!
 

Free research training for WWI project

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** If you would like to get involved with The Orange Lilies project as a participant or volunteer, or have memories or artefacts about The Battle of Boar’s Head, or Brighton and Hove memories of the Somme, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! **
If you’re interested in WWI history related to Brighton and Hove, family history, local research, or working on creative projects with young people, then do get in touch. We’d love to have you involved in this exciting new project.
We’re currently seeking Volunteer Archive Researchers to support knowledge and history throughout this project. If you’re interested in getting involved then do get in touch. Training will be given.
The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its’ subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.
Visit our The Orange Lilies project website here, get in touch and share family history, join in and receive training as a volunteer researcher and attend activities, events and films, all commemorating the city in the Somme.
Email: theorangelilies@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you soon.
With thanks to Mary Funnell  and Patricia Field for permission to use the above images.
https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/get-involved/
 

FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS IN BRIGHTON THIS AUTUMN

tol-posterStrike a Light has organised a great programme of WWI themed events for autumn 2016.

For full details visit https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/events/.

9th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)
14th September, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe with visitors from the Brighton’s Graphic War book project (Boys on the Plaque)
14th September, 6 – 7.30pm – A free WW1 historic walking tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (Boys on the Plaque)
28th September, 10.30am – 3pm – Free outing to The Day That Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourne (The Orange Lilies)
12th October, 2.30 – 4.30pm – Free Conversation Cafe on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove (The Boys on the Plaque)
12th October, 10am – 12pm – Free outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum
18th October, 1.30 – 3pm – Free talk, slideshow and Q&A with The Orange Lilies project manager Nicola Benge at Brighton’s The British Legion pop in centre (The Orange Lilies)
8th November, 10am – Free outing to a showing of the film The Battle of the Somme (1916) at the Duke of York’s Cinema (organised by Gateways to the First World War and the Fedora Group)
11th November, 7 – 9pm – Free Brighton’s Graphic War launch for QueenSpark Books at The Lighthouse
18th November, 2 – 5pm – Free study afternoon marking the end of the Somme Centenary at the University of Brighton (The Orange Lilies)
22nd November (afternoon) – Free WW1 Film Club screening – ‘A Testament of Youth’ for secondary school pupils and teachers at Fabrica Gallery
23rd November (details TBC) – Film showing of ‘Oh! What A Lovely War!’
For further information about projects please contact Nicola Benge at theorangelilies@gmail.com

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died – where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell). The Orange Lilies follows a successful project, The Boys on the Plaque, which uncovered the stories behind a newly discovered First World War memorial plaque in the Fabrica Gallery.

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

TOL logoOur project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove continues this autumn with a series of free activities and outings for our project participants and volunteer research group, which is led by our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.
All our activities and events are on our project website here. You can also check Strike a Light’s Facebook page for events.
If you would like to get involved with The Orange Lilies project as a participant or volunteer, or have memories or artefacts about The Battle of Boar’s Head, or Brighton and Hove memories of the Somme, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its’ subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.

 
From June 2016 – June 2017, intergenerational arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light and partners will –  through key activities, training, collaboration and mentoring – work with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations.
Visit our The Orange Lilies project website here, get in touch and share family history, join in and receive training as a volunteer researcher and attend activities, events and films, all commemorating Brighton and Hove in the Somme.
Email: theorangelilies@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you soon.
With thanks for the QueenSpark Books Letter in the Attic project for permission to use the above image.
The Orange Lilies project is delivered by
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In Partnership with the following organisations:
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with support from
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IMG_3175.JPGThanks to participants who have joined our new Volunteer Research Group for  The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme WWI focussed project.

This was the first session and took place at Jubilee library with the support of the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service. This was also the first opportunity for everyone to meet each other and the new Research group Coordinator Ross Hammond.
We will be having an Ancestry.co.uk genealogy training session at Jubilee library in the first week of September (Date TBC) to boost skills and development. 
Following this, the research group to The Keep archive on Thursday 6th October 11am-4pm to explore artefacts and photos of Brighton and Hove lives during 1916. This is a free event and you will gain new research skills with the support of our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.
 
Do get in touch if you’d like to join in with the group and gain new skills between now and June 2017: theorangelilies@gmail.com