We’re pleased to have researched the data and content for this book for London clients HMDT Music for the Trench Brothers WWI project exploring responses of Sussex communities to the Indian Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indian Regiment in Seaford, East Sussex.

We worked with 17 volunteers over six months to uncover and collate the information through research in local archives such as The Keep as well as visiting graves of Caribbean soldiers in Sussex to understand more about the experiences of black and minority ethnic soldiers serving in the UK during the First World War.

We were pleased to find new material and collate and contextualise existing material to help build a picture of how men from the other side of the world integrated into local life in the South East and the perceptions and experiences gained as a result

The finished book includes research and photographs about the experiences of ethnic minority soldiers in Sussex as well as case studies about individual men. Have a read of the finished work here:

Find out more about Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage’s work on the project here.