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Conversation Cafe – October

 

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DR BLIGHTY – ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

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Strike a Light is engaging with community groups across the city to promote the project, research this period of history and gather information, meeting with key WWI projects including Gateways to the First World War and East Sussex in WWI.

We are setting up free creative and heritage activities with groups such as the Black and Minority Ethnic Elders, alongside Indian themed activities with artist Jane Lyster, setting up public talks with Co-Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut, and attend Dhavinder Dhillon’s plaque unveiling, which honours Subedar Mir Dast, a Indian soldier who received the Victoria Cross, at the Indian Gate by the Royal Pavilion.

Events are being planned currently, so do follow our blog for further updates. 

Dr Blighty outreach workshop dates with Strike a Light – Brighton and Hove

  • Brighton and Hove Hindu Women’s Group – Wednesday 20thApril (2pm)
  • Memories Past Group – Tuesday 3rd May (2pm)
  • BME Elders session – Thursday 5th May 12pm.
  •  Metamorphosis Art Group – Friday 6th May (2- 3pm)
  • Gujurati Cultural Group – Tuesday 10th May (8.30pm).
  • Brighton and Hove U3A session (with Jo Palache of Brighton Museum) – Wednesday 11th May (2.30pm). Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, open to all

 

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  • Brighton and Hove Hindu Women’s Group – Wednesday 27th April (2pm). 
  • Jewish Care dementia session – Thursday 5th May (3-5pm).
  • BME Elders session – Thursday 12th May (12pm).
  • Brighton and Hove U3A session – Thursday 12th May (3pm). 
  •  Metamorphosis Art Group – Friday 13th May (2-4pm), Mezzanine bar, The Dome
  • Going to see Culture Together (from Fabrica gallery) – Tuesday 24th May (11-1pm)

To find out more, and how to participate at sessions free of charge, please contact Strike a Light by email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538

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Family history from WWI

2016-01-13 15.03.37Thank to those who attended the Conversation Cafe, including members of Brighton and Hove U3A, yesterday at Jubilee Library, Brighton (one of the project partners is Brighton and Hove Libraries service).  There was a good turnout with much to share on the theme of family memories of WWI with a number of the group bringing in artefacts, letters, maps and more of near and distant relatives who’d served or fallen during the Great War as you can see from the images on this page.

We also discussed the book we’d be reading as part of the project, the WWI related book A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie, which the group were on the whole, ambivalent about despite the good reviews from book sellers. Brighton featured in the book in a small way, but it also tackled big themes including colonialism, love, religion, war, class and more, which was a lot to process we felt! We will be moving onto our next Great War themed book kindly supplied by Brighton and Hove Libraries Service in February 2016.

The Research group from the Boys in the Plaque Project led by Ross Hammond also joined the group to talk about the information and photos unearthed about the aforementioned ‘Boys’ and what happened to them. Lots of intrepid detective work being done this year it seems, and really fascinating to hear the news.

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Our next event is on Wednesday February 10th at Jubilee Library with Dr Chris Kempshall of the WWI in East Sussex project, who will speak to the group on this theme: http://www.eastsussexww1.org.uk/ Sessions are free and all are welcome.

In the meantime, here is a link to the Boys on the Plaque project blog, which has photographs of the plaque and a list of the names: https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/ 

This was mentioned yesterday by Project Manager Clare Hankinson who is based with partner Fabrica gallery.

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Brighton and Hove in WWI -Conversation Cafe Wednesday December 9th 2015.

Bton seafront.jpgThis month, we’ll be meeting for our WWI themed Conversation Cafe at Hove Library.

We’ll be hosting an event with Margaret Curson of the Rare Books Archive and discussing other city based WWI memorials amongst other things.

Refreshments will be provided free of charge. All welcome!

Wednesday December 9th 2.30-4.30pm- Meeting at Hove Library, Church Road, Hove BN3. 

Future sessions in 2016 are as follows – All welcome:
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January 13th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Group session to discuss our own families in WWI, with personal experiences, photos and memories. Look at WWI book A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie.
 
·         February 10th – Meet at Jubilee Library
Dr Chris Kempshall of WWI in East Sussex project will speak to the group.

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Conversation Cafes start tomorrow!

Conversation Cafe posterOur free WWI CONVERSATION CAFÉS start tomorrow Wednesday 21st October. Why don’t you try them out!

They will then take place on the second Wednesday of every month at Fabrica gallery and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. 

See full programme of free events here: project-dates-conversation-cafes 

We will be hosting a series of twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), will use Holy Trinity, the plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

You can book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646 

clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

BOTP LogoThere will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.

Sessions organised in partnership with:

  • Strike a Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

Fabrica

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Join our free WWI Conversation Cafes this autumn!

cropped-img_1310Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery and other Brighton venues.

(Taking place on the second Wednesday of every month from 11th November) 2.30-4.30pm. 

We will be hosting a free series of  Twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), which will use the Holy Trinity church, Fabrica gallery, a WWI memorial plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

You can book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646 

clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

There will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.

Information and copies of selected heritage materials found by our research group will be shared with older and younger people through our Conversation Cafe’s and Graffiti workshops, and intergenerational groups at our free Walking Tours,  Heritage Open Days events on Thursday 10th September 2015 and Thursday 8th September 2016 and Bi-Centennial celebration in 2017, increasing the reach and impact of our research.

Through this we aim to connect people with local places associated with WWI, through investigation of our locality, sharing our findings through Walking Tours of the area and events based at Fabrica (a Grade II* listed building).

Nicola Benge (Strike a Light) will work with members of University of the Third Age and other individuals to share stories, memories, family history and local history (using information generated by the Volunteer Researchers), and take part in object handling to establish a meaningful history of ordinary people’s lives in Brighton & Hove.

These will be recorded for posterity, inform the project as a whole and will help to build a long-lasting relationship between the participants and Fabrica.

Academics, historians and researchers will be incorporated into our activities, their research and skills enabling a high quality learning experience for volunteers and participants, and significantly enriching our public programme.

  • Strike A Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

Fabrica

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The Boys on the Plaque – new heritage project

RP_Limbless-hospital-1916Fabrica gallery, in partnership with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services, has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Boys on the Plaque, in Brighton & Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will highlight a recently uncovered FWW memorial plaque situated in the former Holy Trinity Church which houses Fabrica gallery.

Supported by a team of archivists, artists and historians, the local community will come together through research, creative activities and heritage events to discover the hidden histories of the 95 soldiers commemorated on the plaque and consider the personal experiences of ordinary people during the war.

A team of volunteers will receive training and will access local archives to research and collect the stories of The Boys on the Plaque through genealogy, photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build an understanding of what life was really like during this time.

Activities with local older and younger groups will use creativity and reminisence to further explore these experiences and create new legacies for our local history. A series of Conversation Café’s with members of The University of the Third Age will explore local knowledge, personal mementos and family history through discussion and shared discovery. Younger people will connect to the personal histories of The Boys on the Plaque at creative graffiti workshops, considering memorium and identity through contemporary practice.

A range of public events for all ages will share what we have found and provide opportunities for our local community to come together to remember and learn more about the First World War.

The Boys on the Plaque represent so many of the sons, brothers, fathers and uncles who fought and fell in the First World War, and this project will pay tribute to these men by telling their stories and considering the wider impact on the local community.

In 2017 it will be the Bi-Centennial of this church, which was built in 1817, and it will be a fitting time to honour and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove.

The project findings will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information.  The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about The Boys on the Plaque. Working with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services will bring the project to the wider community through exhibitions and resources, to continue the legacy of The Boys on the Plaque into the future.

Commenting on the award, Liz Whitehead, Co-Director of Fabrica, said: “We’re so delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this two-year project which enables us to explore the history of our building, Holy Trinity Church with and through our local community, especially as the project’s culmination in 2017 will mark the chapel’s bicentennial.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South East, Stuart McLeod, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £70million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in The Boys on the Plaque to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque
Fabrica
40 Duke Street, BN1 AGH
01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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