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E-Learning Educational Consultant – Freelance role

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a Community Interest Company which creatively explores heritage through life stories, project themes and local memories with diverse audiences. We celebrate our 10th anniversary this winter.

Based in Brighton, we work flexibly across the UK to deliver training, consultancy, and projects – both funded and commissioned. Our diverse portfolio offers something for everyone, engaging a wide range of groups and individuals in activities. We are unique in utilising reminiscence, creativity and archive material to blend culture and history.

We create projects engaging a wide range of groups including schools, older people, intergenerational participants, and clients in creative and heritage activities, encouraging engagement and outreach, whilst exploring memories and archive material.

E-Learning Educational Consultant – Tender for Freelance role 

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is looking for a short term freelance online education consultant (e-learning) to support our organisation to deliver teaching and learning strategies online.

We seek someone who can engage with us to create a pilot online training scheme which will be delivered between January – February 2021, and who has the experience, knowledge and confidence to do so in a way that means Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is able to deliver this online in a professional way.

** If you are interested, please see the role specification here –  Freelance E-learning consultant – Strike a Light **

We estimate this work will take between 3-4 days between December 2020 and February 2021. We have allocated £500 at £20 per hour for this role.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter responding to the person specification to Nicola Benge – Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage – contact@archive.strikealight.org by or before 9am on 30th November.

The successful candidate will be notified on 4th December 2020.

Rise & View Krew – Kids Holiday Club Summer 2020

We’re pleased to announce that Rise & View Krew activities will be going ahead this summer!

Due to social distancing, we won’t be able to have physical sessions as we did last year, so instead we’re going to be delivering specially created packs to families in the Saunders Park area to make at home.

These will be a range of activities created by one of our talented artists which will be aimed at ages 5-8/9-11 and packs will be delivered to your door on 30th July!

These Art Packs are FREE, but you will need to register for these (max 2 per household) by 24th July 2020.

To have your summer sessions at home this year, please email: contact@archive.strikealight.org for a short registration form

Thanks to both National Lottery and BHCC for funding this scheme.

Reminiscence Training Dates – 2020

Stoner birthday postcard to sister
Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton
This two day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on 17th & 18th June 2020 (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.
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.

Mazel Tov Brighton project magazine launch at Hyman Fine House,

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
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
Course fees: Two day training (per person): £195 organisation rate / £165 Individuals

Brighton Dome Brighton Festival – I Was There project

From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project

Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival want to record your memorable stories as part of a new heritage project, I Was There to capture our history for future generations.

Delivering the project is Sussex-based organisation, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, who will be training a team of volunteers to conduct oral history interviews with participants.

The interviews and collection of memorabilia will be archived for future generations, and selected stories will be presented in an online exhibition and feature in a public programme of tours and talks at Brighton Dome.

Tea Dances at Brighton Dome 2013

Kate Richardson, Participatory Interpretation Manager, Brighton Dome said:

“We’d love to hear people’s unique recollections or from anyone who has a special connection to Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival – whether it was 50 years ago or more recently. We’re keen to speak to audience members recounting how they felt about seeing their favourite artist or witnessing a sporting event; performers and participants who took part in a show, as well as former employees who can tell us what it was like working behind the scenes.”

Since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, Brighton Dome’s three stages have seen a dazzling array of illustrious artists and musical icons such as Patti Smith, Beyoncé, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, as well as hosting tea dances, wrestling matches and graduation ceremonies. And since 1967, Brighton Festival has brought thousands of international artists to the city with Guest Directors including Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest.

Jimi Hendrix on stage at Brighton Dome in 1966

  • The interviews will take place between February and July 2020 and will be conducted by trained oral historians.
  •  A member of our interview team will be in touch to organise where and when the recording should take place, at a time and place convenient to you.
  •  Each interview will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • The recordings and edited transcripts will be archived.
  • Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will have the rights to use archived material as a resource.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting the oral history project as part of their contribution towards the refurbishment of Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please email nicola.benge@brightondome.org

Wishing you Festive Greetings from all at Strike a Light!

Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage wishes you Festive Greetings
from all at Strike a Light.

A Happy New Year in 2020!

Thank you!

We’d like to say a big thank you for supporting us this year! To all of you who’ve attended sessions, worked with us, volunteered,or enjoyed our arts and heritage activities and events across Sussex.

We look forward to continuing forward with our unique blend of arts and heritage into 2020.

We’re closed until 6th January, look forward to seeing you then.

2019 has been a busy year for us with numerous projects, new clients, training and activities.

** 2020 is our 10th anniversary! **

Keep you eyes peeled for exciting new developments in the new year.

Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities:

Follow our website here
Join us on Facebook
Twitter @strikealight
Email: contact@archive.strikealight.org
Instagram: Strikealight_artsandheritage

or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU


Halloween event

Thanks to everyone who came to the free Balcony Studios and Brighton Open Market Halloween event in October. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Thanks to Brighton and Hove City Council for funding this.

We want your memories! History of Royal Sussex County Hospital

We want your memories!

Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History

Sussex residents are invited to share their memories – both as staff and patients – for the final phase of a heritage project co-ordinated by Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage, and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH). We will be collecting memories until December 21st 2019.

Participants will be asked about their memories of the five BSUH hospitals: Princess Royal Hospital – formerly Cuckmere and Haywards Heath Hospital, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sussex Eye Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre.

Oral history project manager Nicola Benge says: ‘We are interested to hear about training, about the social life of hospitals, of hierarchies and comradeship. We want to know about changes in the way that patients are treated, medical and technical innovations, in care and also, possibly, in difficulties or struggles. We very much want to collect the hitherto unrecorded or neglected story, for hospitals are more than bricks and mortar.’

Anyone interested in participating should contact: Nicola Benge (Project Manager) – strikealight@rocketmail.com



Silver Foxes group to start!

Silver Foxes 

We’re pleased to announce that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is has received further funding for our reminiscence group aimed at older people called Silver Foxes. The group is based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group  will be on alternate Fridays at 2pm starting on 15th November 2019 and will meet until end May 2020.

We will be exploring life memories and local history to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.


100 Years of Council Housing

The Housing Act 1919, more commonly known as the Addison Act after then-minister for health and housing Lord Christopher Addison, paved the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years. It is credited with establishing the principle of large-scale, state-funded provision of council housing at low rents.

We are pleased to be delivering a project to celebrate a centenary of council housing in Brighton and Hove for Brighton and Hove City Council.

“Brighton Corporation had begun slum clearance efforts back in the 1890s and even built a small number of homes to rehouse – though at rents they couldn’t pay – some of those displaced.   In 1919 much remained to be done; the local Medical Officer of Health estimated 3152 new houses were needed to ensure a decent home for all.”

This project will explore and commemorate this for the anniversary, and to celebrate the fact that the council is now building homes once more.

We will share more about this project in due course, but there will be activities and celebrations coming up!