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Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

This two day training course based at Strike a Light‘s studio in Brighton takes place on 13th and 14th March 2018 (10am-4pm).

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

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By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE
Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia

Two day training (Per person): £160 organisations/£120 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book the course.

Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU

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That’s all for 2018!

christmasStrike a Light – Arts & Heritage is bowing out until the new year to have a well earned break.

Thank you to everyone who’s been involved with our activities and projects in 2018, whether through being a participant, a volunteer, a freelancer, a director or attending a course. It’s been great to work with you all and we’ve very much enjoyed it!

We’ll be back from 4th January 2019 with lots of new events, and look forward to seeing you then.

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.

 

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/


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!
 

Remembering together: Making a life history book course

Remembering together Sept 2017

We are running a new set of workshops this autumn. Come along and try them out!

A life history book is a homemade booklet compiled to capture memories and stories about a person’s life, whether to mark a significant birthday, a change in circumstances, the onset of Dementia or as a beautiful and creative gift for a loved one.

Brighton based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver a series of four workshops to learn how to create a life history booklet for a family member’s life.

Workshop dates are: Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th September 10am-1pm. These take place at the Strike a Light studio in Brighton.

Workshop address:

Studio 8 (mezzanine)
Brighton’s Open Market,
Marshalls Row,
Brighton
BN1 4JU

More information:

Making a life history book can be an enjoyable and empowering activity for a person with dementia which may enable greater interaction and open up communication between someone with dementia and their carers, family and friends.

A life history book may be something that visitors can look through with a person, or it can be referred to by professionals to learn more about the person they are providing care for, for addressing grief, for group work and for training volunteers.

Uses:

* A distraction technique for refocusing during difficult symptoms
* A security tool when person is taken to unfamiliar places such as the hospital or care home
* Promotes well-being, validation and celebration of a person
* A bridge to the past
* Provides opportunities for pride and enhanced self-esteem
* Re-builds family relationships

shot_1487844108002.jpgThe workshops will include:

* Using old photographs, photocopies, maps, collage, text, printable resources and more, we will work together over the course of four sessions to create a beautiful, bespoke booklet which will celebrate the life of your loved one, helping them to remember happy times, key events.

* Memory triggers to encourage remembering of family and friends

* Reminiscence tips and techniques to support life history work

A life story book can enrich relationships and promote understanding and respect as memories fade.

The course can only accomodate 8 participants to create a supportive atmosphere so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The cost is £100 (£80 concession) for the four week course which is three hours per week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.

 

Brighton’s Graphic War

20160914_160355.jpgWe had a really enjoyable Conversation Cafe this week as part of the HLF funded The Boys on the Plaque project in Brighton with local community publisher QueenSpark Books who specialise in projects about Brighton and Hove’s history.

Thanks to QueenSpark Books for coming, our participants loved the session! ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. A great idea and well presented. Thank you’.

Writer and mentor Tim Pilcher, and artist and mentor Paul Collicutt presented information to our group about a new WWI themed graphic novel project due for publication this November 2016, Brighton’s Graphic War.

QueenSpark Books have been working with young people (age 15-24) across Brighton & Hove, to produce a print and online graphic novel based on the lives of the people of Brighton & Hove up to and including the First World War. The project involves local stories and images from the period between 1900-1920 to create and tell some of the lesser known histories of the City.

Material has been drawn from the archives of QueenSpark Books, Brighton & Hove Museum and The Keep, to develop creative learning through exploration of the City’s history.

The 100th anniversary of the Great War marks a moment in time where the organisation could creatively engage young people in understanding the lives of their forebears, and the impact the War had on this city and its people. Under the guidance of experienced professionals from the comics/graphic novel world, participants have been encouraged to use their creativity to work on a graphic novel depicting the lives of the ‘ordinary’ people of the time.

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We also discussed our new project read Love Letters of the First World War which looks like it’s going to be a popular book.

October’s Conversation cafe will be on 12th October 2.30-4.30pm and this will be the final session of the project.

We welcome researchers from The Boys on the Plaque project who will discuss their findings about soldiers who served or fell in the Great War but who attended the Holy Trinity Church (now Fabrica gallery).

They will share these findings with the group, and Strike a Light will be compiling these into a small book in 2017, in time for the bi-centenary of Fabrica and its’ venue.

See you next month!

 

Remembering those that have Fallen

We’ve just received this moving piece from a project we are involved with The Boys on the Plaque – Ross Hammond who is coordinating a research group at Fabrica looking at those who served or fell in WWI. Names written on a memorial plaque residing inside Fabrica gallery are being researched and uncovered for posterity.

Ross says: On this thoughtful day I would like to share with you one story that we have discovered over the few months that project has been running. I would also like to think of all the fallen on our Plaque, from the First World War and all conflicts before and after.

The following words and research are by James Gasston, a Volunteer Researcher on the Boys on the Plaque Project.

Gerald Harry Vernon Burghope was born in Brighton on September 19th 1896, to Harry and Ethel Burghope of 6 Highcroft Villas. The oldest of three children, he had two sisters; Gwendolyn was born in 1899 but died before her first birthday, and Audrey was born in 1904.

His Father and his uncle John owned Burghope and Burghope, a tailors and outfitters at 139-140 North Street (now Barclays bank).

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Gerald joined the 19th Royal Fusiliers as a private, before transferring to the 1st battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was made a temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the 5th of August 1916. A little over eight months later, on the 23rd of April 1917, he was killed in action in France, where his body remains. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial at Fauborg-D’amiens cemetery, and at the family burial plot in St Martin churchyard in Westmeston, just outside of Lewes.

I gleaned that information from various online genealogical resources, but none of it really told me anything about who Gerald was. It wasn’t until we visited The Keep, which houses hundreds of years worth of records relating to East Sussex, that I felt I gained some insight into that.

He was a keen poet, and The Keep holds a book of his poetry, published after his death in 1917. On the second page is a photograph of Gerald in his army uniform, and the introduction is written by the Reverend Felix Asher, who was incumbent at the Holy Trinity Church at the time and a friend of the Burghope family.

Gerald Burghope Poems

The following extract from ‘A Vision of Home’, which Gerald wrote in May 1916, having already enlisted, is sadly prescient:

‘O, if your lonely tomb, my friend, lies far beyond the foam,

Then be content, your body rots, yet you yourself come home,

…He could not tread an unknown shore, but once again must hie,

To the kindly Weald of Sussex and the Downs that never die.’

A year after this was written, on the 13th of May 1917, Gerald’s memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Church, led by Reverend Asher.

New events and activities for September – Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Open Days 2015

We will be celebrating Heritage Open Days this September with a trio of exciting events to share and discover The Boys on the Plaque.

Daytime drop-in event

THURSDAY 10 September 2015

1-4pm, free entry

Fabrica Photo by Clare Hankinson
Fabrica
Photo by Clare Hankinson

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica (previously the Holy Trinity Church) will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.

This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War Commemorations in East Sussex.

Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.

A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!

Click here to book or call 01273 778646 for more assistance

Organised by Strike a Light and Fabrica, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Libraries

Walking Tour – The Lanes

With local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

6pm, Friday 11th September 2015. Free to join, donations welcomed.

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This will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.

The tour is inspired by a selection of the stories from our discoveries about the local soldiers commemorated on the memorial plaque at the former Holy Trinity Church, which now houses Fabrica art gallery.

Beginning at Fabrica, the tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended.

Click here to book or call 01273 778646 for more assistance

Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

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Free Oral History Training at The Keep archive, Brighton

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FREE oral history training will be happening at The Keep archive in Brighton, East Sussex from the 23rd April. The training is run by professional oral historians and involves all the theory as well as practical training about recording a good interview and also editing and transcribing information.

The sessions run every Thursday at The Keep from 23rd April to 11th June.

For further details, see information here: The Keep Oral History Training Information or The Keep Oral History Training or visit The Keep website

Or contact: Lynn Tye, Community Heritage Learning Officer

Lynn.Tye@eastsussex.gov.uk 

01273 336506