Mazel Tov Brighton project with Jewish Care

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage delivered oral history training of volunteers so that we could collect 30 oral histories, as part of The Crucible project for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. Strike a Light effectively rescued a failing project, and worked flexibly, effectively and creatively to ensure a great outcome. The interviews are now going to preserved on an accessible public portal in the main entrance of the new hospital, useable by current and future generations. We were really happy with the professional, creative and polished delivery of programme outcomes as well as the training and engagement which formed a key part of the event. Nicola Benge, who was key to the success of this project, is calm, unflappable and a great person to work with.

Anna Barnes, Associate Director
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (NHS)
The Crucible project, BSUH

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage have worked with us on two projects, ‘Mazel Tov Brighton’ and a project about the Jewish involvement in the 1st World War. Both were really interesting and Nicola clearly spent a lot of time preparing and researching the topics. The projects both incorporated a variety of different elements to suit the needs and interests of our care home residents. In particular she is excellent at facilitating reminiscence and discussion groups and we were really happy with the professional, creative delivery of programme.

Natasha Carson, Manager, Hyman Fine House, Jewish Care

I worked with Strike a Light on the Orange Lilies HLF funded project during the First World War centenary. This was an exceptionally well-crafted and delivered project, combining creativity and accurate historic research to produce a successful project that reached a wide range of people, both as participants and as audiences, across the city. It’s multiple legacies continue to shape awareness of the First World War in the city of Brighton and Hove.

Professor Lucy Noakes
Rab Butler Chair in Modern British History
University of Essex

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage worked with us to deliver a complex international cultural exchange project and under tight deadlines. Strike a Light has been professional, flexible and innovative in its delivery of the programme outcomes. We are very happy to commend their work and the organisation.

Robert Foster, Red Ochre

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage have for the past two years helped to engage the Saunders Park community in creative heritage activities through childrens’ workshops and activities. This was supported through the Councillors’ ward budget scheme funded by Brighton and Hove City Council. As a local councillor I was very pleased with the professional and creative approach taken to make these events as fun and inspiring as possible, and also with the flexibility shown to adapt to the Covid crisis. All this helped to involve residents in a hard to engage area.

Tracey Hill, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Hollingdean and Stanmer Ward, Brighton and Hove City Council
Image from final talk for ‘I Was There’ Brighton Dome Brighton Festival oral history project.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage worked extremely hard to bring Brighton Dome’s ‘I Was There’ Oral History project to fruition, under the most challenging circumstances of delivering a volunteer-led project during a pandemic. Nicola Benge and the Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage team worked with us to adapt and change the project in response to ever-changing restrictions and enabled us to continue to work with volunteers and undertake interviews using digital means. We are proud to have completed this phase of the project, and hugely grateful for the skill and flexibility of Nicola and the Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage team to achieve this.

Catherine Gill, Brighton Dome Brighton Festival
Dr Blighty project exploring Indian Soldiers in WWI