We’ll be meeting for our final Conversation cafe as part of the Fabrica focused The Boys on the Plaque project in Brighton next Wednesday 12th October from 2.30-4.30pm in the Rare Books room (Tony Miler Reading Room) at Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton
The session will host The Boys on the Plaque research group and Research Coordinator Ross Hammond to give a presentation on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove to the Conversation Cafe group, exploring their findings about WWI soldiers lives who once attended the Holy Trinity Church (now Fabrica gallery). The researchers are half way through their explorations and will show what they still seek, along with images, and artefacts found using a variety of techniques.
The materials will be compiled into a booklet by Strike a Light in spring 2017 which will go out to local schools, libraries and archives, and will also be available from Fabrica. There will be a series of postcards which will also accompany this resource, and this will form part of the bi-centenary celebrations for the building which Fabrica is housed in throughout 2017.
We will look through our current book Love Letters of the Great War, which is kindly on loan from the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for the project.
Many of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; and a number share sweet dreams of home.
But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.
This event is part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.