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News from our project – The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

Put a date in your diaries for this FREE final The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project event this year on Friday 30th June 11am-4pm, at Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

It’s come round very quickly, but we’re programming the one day event at present. We’ll have speakers during the day including Dr Frank Gray (Screen Archive South East) showing Sussex in WWI film clips, Dr Chris Kempshall discussing East Sussex in WWI, Gateways to the First World War, Dr Alison Fell on Women Workers in WWI, and further speakers to be confirmed. We’ll also have exhibitions in the main area, and a Q& A lunchtime session chaired by Dr Sam Carroll.

We’ll be encouraging people to both drop in, or stay all day, and sit and eat your lunch whilst hearing more about this fascinating period of history with a Brighton perspective. Watch this space for updates.

We’ll also be exhibiting our textiles from the project alongside a series of bespoke short films about the city in WWI (made by young filmmakers), for the BFEST Brighton Youth Festival starting on 28th May. This exhibition will continue until 4th July 2017 before touring to other city venues.

The Orange Lilies project runs until July 2017, and we have free events and activities taking place throughout the rest of the project. If you’d like to take part, become a research volunteer or come along to an event, visit our project site for further information.


Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund

Free Workshop: Drawing with Textiles. Saturday 11th March

Getting ready for the start of our free Drawing with Textiles workshops (part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project). Activities for 12-24 years age participants, and accompanying parents or carers.

Our artist Rosie James says – I’m getting ready for the workshop on Saturday! Looking forward to it! This is a picture of some bunting made for a previous project in Dover.

We will be drawing with the sewing machine as well as applique to create a wall hanging to commemorate Brighton’s involvement in WW1. Come along and join in!

First session 11am-4pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton on Saturday 11th March.

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This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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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!

 

Brighton and Hove in World War I – stories from the past

Help support a new graphic novel project from Brighton organisation QueenSpark Books   through Kickstarter and find out more about Brighton and Hove’s 100th anniversary of the Great War.
 
This marks a moment in time where they can creatively engage young people in understanding the lives of their forebears, and the impact the War had on this city and its people.
 
QueenSpark Books has been working with young people 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. Aiming to commemorate and share stories and tales of life in the city in the lead up to, during and immediately after the Great War. Watch Brighton’s war stories here.
 
The project uses 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

See quirky images from Brighton’s home front from 1914-1918 here or take a tour around the city during wartime. View local artefacts from this time including a local pass book which had to be carried by all British subjects and visitor permit books for travel were more detailed. The authorities even needed to know whether your male family members were ‘for or against His Majesty’s allies in the present war’.

Permit book from WWI in Brighton
Permit book from WWI in Brighton

“My mother, Amy Lee, who later became Amy Jones … had many jobs including being a cook at Divalls, Smiths in Lewes Road, a greengrocer in Lewes Road and Cooks the Jam Factory. When war broke out she went to Allen West to work on munitions and said that while she was there one of the floors collapsed. It was said that the weight of the munitions was too great. 

Afterwards she was sent to Royal Alfred Sailors Institute at Belevere. When she returned to Brighton she worked on the trams based at Lewes Road. The photo was probably taken as an advertising feature for a local paper…”Ruby Jones

Buses in Brighton
Buses in Brighton

Dr Blighty seeks young voices for a recording

poster1Dr Blighty is a big show in May in Brighton Festival, it will  take place in Pavilion Gardens and tells the story of the days when the Pavilion and Dome served as a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during  WW1.

Part of the show will involve a number of voices reading the letters which the soldiers sent home to their families.  You will be able to hear these on sound equipment hidden in the trees etc – the whispers of the past……………

We are looking for  4 or 5 young people aged between 8 and 14  who would be able to come to the Royal Pavilion for a recording session in March.  The recordings will then be taken away and edited for May so this is a one off engagement!

Details as follows: Thursday March 10th . Meet in Brighton Dome Foyer Bar, Church Street 4.30 pm for an introduction to the project followed by a recording session which  will take place in the Royal Pavilion Music Room from 6pm – 7.30 (latest)

Licensed  chaperones are available but Parents can accompany their children at all times including entrance to the Royal Pavilion.

Refreshments and travel expenses will be provided.

Anyone interested in taking part will be sent letters  to practise reading  –nobody is expected to learn their scripts!

Please contact: Pauline Freestone at drblighty@nutkhut.co.uk  with the name and age of your child and an email contact.

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.