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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
• 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 Training
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering oral history training with both the Brighton charity Refugee Radio for their new project, and for an LGBT project with young people for East Sussex County Council over the next month.
If you would like us to deliver training with your group, do get in touch!
Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History from the 19th to the 21st Century – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust Oral History Project
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: email@example.com
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering oral history training with the Brighton charity Refugee Radio for their new project over the next couple of weeks.
Refugee Radio was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. If you are a refugee or asylum seeker who wants to tell their story, or someone supporting a vulnerable migrant who needs our support, Refugee Radio is there to help.
Looking forward to hearing some fascinating new stories about human rights and migration in the coming weeks.
We’re pleased to be delivering oral history training this summer in Eastbourne for East Sussex County Council to encourage new skills in young LGBT people in East Sussex so that they can record interviews with older LGBT people across the county.
You can book Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage to deliver oral history training to your project or team or send staff and volunteers to our oral history training courses.
Find out more here: https://strikealight.org/training/oral-history-training/
We’re delivering our final day of training in West Sussex this week with bespoke reminiscence activities for library staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Bognor.
If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!
You can see all the training we offer here: