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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!
 

Conversation Cafe – September

QS_Twitter Header.pngThis session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.
We’ll be meeting at the slightly later time this month on Wednesday 14th September of 3-5pm at Fabrica gallery, so that those who would like to can attend a related free WWI walking tour of the North Laine part of Brighton at 6pm departing from the gallery with the historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. See details here.
We are looking forward to welcoming writer Tim Pilcher and artist Paul Collicutt, to discuss their involvement in QueenSpark Books’ new World War One themed graphic novel project Brighton’s Graphic War.

9780230772830Love Letters of the Great War.jpgWe will also be reviewing the novel The Suicide Club which we’re finishing, and picking up our new and final WWI era book Love Letters of the Great War, which is kindly on loan from the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for the project.
Many of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; and a number share sweet dreams of home.
But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.

This event is part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.
https://archive.strikealight.org/…/the-boys-on-…/conversation-cafes/

Keep the Home Fires Burning event


Thanks to all who came to our Keep the Home Fires Burning WWI themed Heritage Open Days event last week at Fabrica gallery, part of The Boys on the Plaque project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We were pleased to assemble a lovely group of performers – The Close Shaves, artist – Fiona Edwards, collector – Colin Kirsch and historians – Douglas D’Enno, as well as exhibitions loaned from Gateways to the First World War, The Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service, and courtesy of Brighton Museum and Royal Pavilion for the event.
We’ve since had some lovely feedback from all those who attended the afternoon on 8th September 2016:
‘Thank you for a wonderful event yesterday. It was all so well put together and very enjoyable.’
‘Thanks for a lovely afternoon yesterday. What a lovely bunch of clients you have there! They really enjoy those events.’
Thanks to all who came!

Free events in Brighton this week from Strike a Light

Free Heritage Open Days events – Brighton & Hove
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September

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Keep the Home Fires Burning event –
Heritage Open Days (Free)

Thursday 8th September 1-4pm (Drop in): 
A creatively curated drop-in daytime event, with free workshops, exhibitions, talks, and cafe.
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We’ll be hosting songstrels The Close Shaves, creative workshops from artist Fiona Edwards, tea and cakes, WWI era bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion, exhibitions from Gateways to the First World War on cinema and theatre, and also from Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

The event taking place is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits.

Book your free place here 


WWI Walking Tour – Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.
 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.
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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    
An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here
A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.



The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:
FREE Exhibition and Drop in at Strike a Light, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Strike a Light showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.
The project focuses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its subsequent impact on Brighton.
In partnership with:
Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service.
These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

TOL logoOur project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove continues this autumn with a series of free activities and outings for our project participants and volunteer research group, which is led by our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.
All our activities and events are on our project website here. You can also check Strike a Light’s Facebook page for events.
If you would like to get involved with The Orange Lilies project as a participant or volunteer, or have memories or artefacts about The Battle of Boar’s Head, or Brighton and Hove memories of the Somme, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
The project focuses on the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its’ subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.

 
From June 2016 – June 2017, intergenerational arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light and partners will –  through key activities, training, collaboration and mentoring – work with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations.
Visit our The Orange Lilies project website here, get in touch and share family history, join in and receive training as a volunteer researcher and attend activities, events and films, all commemorating Brighton and Hove in the Somme.
Email: theorangelilies@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you soon.
With thanks for the QueenSpark Books Letter in the Attic project for permission to use the above image.
The Orange Lilies project is delivered by
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In Partnership with the following organisations:
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with support from
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Heritage Open Days – Brighton

Find out more about our series of free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton from 8th-11th September:
Heritage Open Days – Brighton (Free)

Thursday 8th September: 
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A creatively curated daytime event, with  workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.

The event taking place on Thursday 8th September 1-5pm 2016 is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits. This free event includes creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings.

Book your free place here
Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.
 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.
https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Ale and Hearty – brewing & ale exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    
An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here
A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.
The project focuses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.
Come along and find out more about this epic piece of local history, and find out ways to get involved with the project, learn about film making and gain research skills.
These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Conversation Cafes – Women in the Great War


Thanks to Gateways to the First World War academic Dr Anne Logan who attended our July Conversation Cafes session (for the Fabrica gallery led The Boys on the Plaque project).
This took place at the Rare Books Archive at Jubilee Library (Thanks to the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for this) and explored and shared the changing role of women in the First World War. It was a fascinating way to find out more about life for women on the home front between 1914-1918.
We followed this up with a visit to a graffiti themed WWI memorial based in the Youth section of the library which was created by a local artist with young people from The Foyer, Brighton for The Boys in the Plaque project and refers to those who fell in World War I who are mentioned on the plaque based at Fabrica gallery (once the Holy Trinity Church).
This memorial was installed as part of BFest, a Youth Festival in the city which took place in May and June 2016.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Break out the bunting! Free workshop

Join us for a special free bunting making workshop at Fabrica gallery, as part of two heritage projects; The Boys on the Plaque and The Orange Lilies- Brighton and Hove in the Somme, which both commemorate Brighton & Hove’s soldiers who fought in WWI. This takes place on Tuesday 23rd August 2-5pm.
As part of September’s Heritage Open Days 2016, we will be hosting a special event called ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ to share the findings of our intrepid volunteer researchers, who have been exploring the lives and stories of 96 local soldiers who fought and died in the war. This will be a relaxed and social event, and we’d love to decorate the church with beautiful, locally-crafted bunting!
So come along for a free afternoon to learn bunting making skills and have a bit of a natter with some creative crafting! Hosted by Nicola Benge from Strike A Light, materials will be provided but you are also welcome to bring something along to contribute.
Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits provided!
Book your free spot today and drop in to join in the fun: http://buntingfabrica.eventbrite.com
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Free Heritage Open Days events coming up

Keep the Home Fires Burning
Thursday 8 September, 1pm – 4pm
Join us for this special drop-in event, to explore and contribute to our local heritage project, The Boys on the Plaque!

Strike a Light hosts a new Heritage Open Days free event in September – Keep the Home Fires Burning brings together local research, creative workshops and exhibitions, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories of Brighton & Hove residents during WWI wartime and the stories that have been left behind for us to rediscover.
Fabrica is based in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, which was built in 1817 and has a rich and fascinating history. For one day only, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to discover more about our local community and inspire new ways of considering our home front experience of the Great War.
Keep the Home Fires Burning is a relaxed free drop-in activity and all ages are welcome. Free hot and soft drinks and are available throughout, as well as some lovely cakes, and guests are invited to relax and chat whilst enjoying the event and activities.
Visitors are also invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of 95 local soldiers who are commemorated in the church. Could you be a relative of one of the Boys? They mostly lived in the streets surrounding the church – you can find a list of the names online here
This event is free and you are welcome to drop-in anytime between 1-4pm. Donations welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/271836389849057/
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20160210_161315 (1)Boys on the Plaque Walking Tours
Friday 9 and Wednesday 14 September, 6pm
Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic South Lanes and North Laine area. Exploring the stories of local soldiers that we have discovered as part of a local heritage project, we get to know the young men who lived in these streets over 100 years ago, before joining a war that took them far from home.

Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour is part of a WWI local heritage project The Boys on the Plaque boysontheplaque.wordpress.com
Starting at Fabrica, the tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12. Free to join, donations welcomed.
Booking welcome here: Tour 1 & Tour 2, but feel free to just drop in at 6pm to join the tour.
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Conversation Cafes for July

 
The next free Conversation Cafe session for The Boys on the Plaque project takes place this month on Wednesday July 13th 2.30-4.30pm. The session will be in the Tony Miller Reading Room AKA Rare Books Archive on the Second Floor of Jubilee Library, Brighton.
This month, academic and expert on suffragism Dr Anne Logan discusses the role of women in the First World War.. She’ll be showing images and discussing her work in an informal way, linking with the activities in The Boys on the Plaque project, an HLF funded project.
2015-11-11 15.58.05If you’d like to join in with the book reading for the summer (we get our next book in September), then there are copies enough for everyone who attends the Conversation Cafe group.
This is The Suicide Club by author and ex BBC documentary maker Andrew  Williams. This is a dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle during the First World War.For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle fought behind the lines. Andrew Williams’ novels possess ‘a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few thrillers can match’ (Sunday Times).
We won’t be having a Conversation Cafe session in August due to summer holidays, with the next sessions taking place at Fabrica gallery on the following dates in the autumn:

  • September 14th – Meet at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton –  A discussion of our themes and events. This session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.
  • October 12th – Meet at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton – The Boys on the Plaque research group to give a presentation on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove to the group.

https://archive.strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/conversation-cafes/