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REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON

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REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON – Gateways to the First World War

The Gateways team are supporting a number of centenary events taking place in East Sussex and Brighton over the next few weeks.
Bexhill Museum’s First World War Question Time
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Thursday 19 March, 12.30pm-3pm

A First World War Q&A session with a panel of experts including Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton), Claire Eden (Bexhill Museum), Dr Chris Kempshall (First World War Project Officer, ESCC) and Geoff Bridger (Military Historian).
Tickets £2.50 from Bexhill Museum. More information here.

Home Fires: A Haunting story of love and loss during the Great War
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March

A large scale theatrical experience at Newhaven Fort with music, dance, sound installations, projections, professional performance and mass community participation.
Find out more on the Home Fires Facebook page.

‘Relations between French, British & American Soldiers in WW1’, a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall
Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Dr Chris Kempshall at Seaford Martello Tower.
Tickets £2. More information here.

Oh What a Lovely War Family Open Day
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Friday 10 April, 11.30am-3pm FREE

Drop in, take a look around Theatre Royal Brighton and find out what was going on there and elsewhere in the City during the First World War. Exhibitions, displays, making and doing activities and more. Suitable for all ages.
More details available on our website soon.

For more information about these and many other events around the country visit www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events.

Soldiers at Cooden Camp – ‘Lowther’s Lambs’. Image reproduced with permission of Bexhill Museum.

The Digital War Memorial

Strike a Light has been checking out some new World War I related resources recently, since we’ll be working with Queenspark Books on their new A Graphic War project which starts in November 2014 and runs until September 2016.

downloadThe Digital War Memorial website is one such inspiring resource which brings together communities and artists across the UK to make unique creative responses to the First World War Centenary.

Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, these new artworks tell the diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today.

One section we’ve particularly found touching, and a really great way of engaging younger audiences with the theme, is this page of graffiti art and writings by Lancashire artist Liam Dean. Have a look, it’s moving and modern and yet still relevant to young people.

 

 

Heritage Open Days free Brighton film showing

oh what a lovely WarFabrica Film Club free event as part of Heritage Open Days

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)Fablogo

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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