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Strike a Light starts new project – The Orange Lilies

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £9,900 to The Orange Lilies Project by Strike a Light to mark First World War Centenary
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Image: Gertrude Coggins, ticket collector, Brighton Station 1915-1919 (centre, seated). Photographs by kind permission of Gerald Wheatley. Thanks to the East Sussex in World War I project.

Today, Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus 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. Using archives and artefacts to inform creative learning, our unique approach involves young people researching and producing a series of short films to share this WWI centenary theme; creating textile interpretations of significant battles; and attending talks and study days; whilst receiving support from local historians, including a local Royal Sussex Regimental military expert.
The Royal Sussex Regiment acquired The Orange Lilies tag after receiving permission from William of Orange to bear orange facings on uniforms. This regimental nickname continued into the 20th century, hence our project title.
We will highlight notable lives including Bob Whiting, a Brighton and Hove Albion footballer serving in France before going AWOL during the Battle of the Somme, Albert Patching from a well-known Portslade family, and Arthur Virgo who died at Boar’s Head on 30th June 1916. We will research Brighton born soldiers who served with the Southdowns, and three local ‘pals’ battalions: the 11th, 12th and 13th Royal Sussex Regiment. Recruited from all over Sussex, but significantly volunteer soldiers in Brighton and Hove who represented a wide cross section of this community.
We will produce a series of creative outcomes, remembering those lost at the key Battle of Boar’s Head and The Somme, memorialising soldiers fighting during this epic part of the Great War. These local men are the ordinary, forgotten heroes of WWI, also known as Lowther’s Lambs. There is no memorial to the Battle of the Boar’s Head in Brighton. We will address that through connecting this tangible heritage with the present, creating a digital monument accessible to all, promoting wider public knowledge of the centenary, sharing new research with participants and volunteers, new audiences and project partners, and with young and older people, through events, heritage activities and film.
To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Brighton and Hove to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the Somme. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like, with support from project partners, specialist academics, military advisers, local authority employees and archivists, as well as young people, older groups, participants and project staff.
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Image: Postcard of Black Rock sent by the wife of a Brighton Somme soldier. Thanks to the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books.

A wider, digital audience will be reached through our films, blog and social media presence extending the project legacy for another seven years, for future researchers, relatives and the local community to benefit. With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about The Orange Lilies, and the Somme in SussmS196cRpZYwDpwRZ0xE8SSAex.
This project, whilst building on existing successful collaborative partnerships, differs in its’ focus from other Sussex World War I projects. It is a new discrete project from Strike a Light with young people and an intergenerational focus at its heart in terms of activities and outlook, finding creative ways to commemorate soldiers through the medium of film and textiles, created by young people (age 15-25), showing their creative heritage response to the events of the centenary in Brighton, presenting new, local interpretations of the Somme for this WWI centenary.
Commenting on the award, The Orange Lilies Project Coordinator Nicola Benge said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and pleased we can at last research and remember soldiers from Brighton and Hove in Sussex Regiments who died so tragically at Boar’s Head and The Somme.”
 
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Nicola Benge, Project Manager – The Orange Lilies    
Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage
07727006538
theorangelilies@gmail.com
https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/
@strikerlight
#orangelilies
 

New Heritage Open Day events for Boys on the Plaque project – September 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS – 2016

Our free Heritage Open Days events taking place in 2016 will be at Fabrica on Thursday 8th September from 1-4pm.
A WWI historic walking tour will also take place on Friday 9th September, which will be led by historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (donations welcome).

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Thursday 8th September 2016 1-4pm

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

Join us for this special drop-in event, to explore and contribute to our local heritage project, The Boys on the Plaque!
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Find out about remarkable young men who lived in our city and fought in the war 100 years ago, and the discoveries we’ve made about their experiences, families and legacies.
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 a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, which was built in 1817 and has a rich and fascinating history. To celebrate Heritage Open Days, 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, inspiring new ways of considering the home front experience of the Great War.
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 here: boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/the-names-on-the-plaque/
Boys on the Plaque is an HLF project delivered by Fabrica, Strike a Light and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service

Booking Details

Booking preferred
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
Go to: http://keepthehomefiresburning.eventbrite.com

Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building.

Additional information

Keep the Home Fires Burning is a relaxed free drop-in activity. All ages are welcome. Free hot and soft drinks are available throughout, as well as cakes.
Guests are invited to relax and chat whilst enjoying the event and activities. This event will look at the home front of Brighton during WWI with film, song, creative workshops, exhibition, performance and research related to the local history and cultural memory of the city.
Please book here: http://keepthehomefiresburning.eventbrite.com 

Directions

The event takes place in a large contemporary visual gallery which is in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Find out more about all our events and the project here:http://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com
Public Transport Directions:
Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance: http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location

Organised by

Strike a Light / Fabrica / Brighton & Hove City Libraries Service

These are all part of our The Boys on the Plaque WWI project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Boys on the Plaque Walking Tour, Central Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Friday 9th September 2016

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic The 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: http://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com
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.
Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: Walk 1800-1930

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The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour – today!

downloadWe are holding our The Boys on the Plaque WWI walking tour with Dr Geoffrey Mead later today (Friday 11th September) so hope to see some of you at that at 6pm.
It is booked up now so if you haven’t booked already please don’t turn up.
We have another walking tour on Sunday 20th September, for which you can book tix for here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-the-boys-on-the-plaque-tickets-18451527014

Free Heritage Open Days events this week!

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Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.
These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:
Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities’ experience of the war. This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.
Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War in East Sussex.
Visitors are 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 The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI. A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!
Event Times
Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600
Booking Details
Book here: botphod.event

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.
Contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

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With thanks to the East Sussex in WWI website for image
WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG
Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
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 uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point. 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.
Event Times
Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930
Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required

Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

All welcome.  Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.
Additional information
Max 30 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.




Free walking tour date added to WWI project

BOTP LogoDue to popularity of our Brighton WWI walking tour date taking place on Friday 11th September as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days, we’ve added another date to our diary for a repeat tour with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead on Sunday 20th September.
You can book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-the-boys-on-the-plaque-tickets-18451527014
Donations welcome!

BBC Sussex Radio & Heritage Open Days

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Clare Hankinson of Fabrica from The Boys on the Plaque project had a lovely chat with Neil Pringle this morning on BBC Sussex Radio – check out the show by clicking BBC Sussex– She’s speaking about it on in the last 15minutes of the programme.

Also hoping we might find some family members of The Boys on the Plaque, and uncover some memories and local stories from WWI next week at our Heritage Open Days events, on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September.

Check out the list of names on the plaque here – you never know, you might be related to one of our Boys!

Workshop artist for Heritage Open Days

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Workshop artist Fiona Edwards has been confirmed to run a three hour creative drop in session at our free Heritage Open Days event at Fabrica gallery on Thursday 10th September 1-4pm.
Come and make a keepsake reminiscent of the love tokens and photo memorabilia of those leaving their loved ones during WW1.
A collage based workshop incorporating glue, fabric, sewing. The session will involve making folded paper frames that can be decorated and have participants’ own photos put in, or other images historically related.

Workshop participants can take their tokens home. There is a wonderful history of heart shaped love tokens constructed from textiles, medals, army badges, hankies and more from the First World War.
http://www.wickedfaerieproductions.com/index.php

WWI Research project update

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Excited to see that the research group from our The Boys on the Plaque project with Fabrica gallery is yielding lots of new leads about our soldiers from WWI.

Research Project Update

Since the launch of the project, we have made real progress in the couple of months since we started. We now have a great group of volunteer researchers that are hard on the case of investigating the 95 soldiers names that are on the plaque.
Our first training session took place this month at Jubilee Library where we learnt how to log on to the computers, use websites such as Ancestery.com, Findmypast, the British Newspaper Archive and many more. During this tutorial run by Brighton and Hove Library service, we also learnt how to deal with difficult or similar names, missing documents, confusing handwriting and the most annoying misspelt names.

Jubilee Library , BOTP Training Meeting August 2015
Jubilee Library , BOTP Training Meeting, August 2015

So far we have uncovered some really interesting discovers about our boys.

Robert Filtness, Brighton-born, lived in 63 North St before the war, was a ‘Political Speaker’ for the Tariff Reform League. His brother Walter H Filtness  was an optician who served in the RAMC and spent 3 months as a patient in the Royal Pavilion Hospital towards the end of the war with typhoid.
Cpl Arthur John King (4 Feb 1895 – 15 July 1916) Arthur was enlisted as a private to the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regt (regimental no. 177) but died of accidentally drowning off the Kent coast.
Robert Winter Tilney and Eric Gordon Tilney, two brother who where privates that survived the war. There father ran a stationery shop on Ship Street, Brighton. This then passed down to Robert and to his children. This stationery shop is still in family hands and exist in West Worthing.
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On Thursday September 10th 1pm – 4pm we are holding a Heritage Open Day at Fabrica Gallery(Holy Trinity church), me and some of the research volunteers will have a stall where we can share information and answer questions, so please stop by.
We have lots more information that we have found, we are just in the motion of digesting it all. You can keep a track on our progress here, where we will be posting updates, more in depth research into individual soldiers and information about our research team.
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 I look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any information about one of our boys on the plaque. Throughout the project, our Volunteer Research Group will be looking into the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque. If you have some information about The Boys on the Plaque that you think might help the group, don’t hesitate to contact us on boysontheplaque@fabrica.org.uk or leave a public reply at the bottom of the page.

New events and activities for September – Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Open Days 2015

We will be celebrating Heritage Open Days this September with a trio of exciting events to share and discover The Boys on the Plaque.

Daytime drop-in event

THURSDAY 10 September 2015
1-4pm, free entry

Fabrica Photo by Clare Hankinson
Fabrica
Photo by Clare Hankinson

During this special drop-in event, Fabrica (previously the Holy Trinity Church) will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.
This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War Commemorations in East Sussex.
Visitors are 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 The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.
A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!
Click here to book or call 01273 778646 for more assistance
Organised by Strike a Light and Fabrica, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Libraries

Walking Tour – The Lanes

With local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
6pm, Friday 11th September 2015. Free to join, donations welcomed.

Holy Trinity Church (now Fabrica)Holy Trinity Church (now Fabrica)

This will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
The tour is inspired by a selection of the stories from our discoveries about the local soldiers commemorated on the memorial plaque at the former Holy Trinity Church, which now houses Fabrica art gallery.
Beginning at Fabrica, the tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended.
Click here to book or call 01273 778646 for more assistance
Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

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New free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September

imagesOur two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project, are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is free and open to all below:

Fabrica -The Boys on the Plaque

24 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, with a mission to increase access to contemporary visual art to as broad an audience as possible. The Boys on the Plaque is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project that is inspired by WWI soldiers commemorated within the church, and seeks to reveal the histories of local people in Brighton & Hove. https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/
During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities experience of the war.
This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with. Guest speakers will include researcher and oral historian for ‘War Stories: Voices of the First World War’ Jo Palache, and Dr Chris Kempshall, Project Officer – First World War Commemorations in East Sussex.
Visitors are 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 The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI.
A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!
Booking is advised: http://botphod.eventbrite.com

Opening Times

  • Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

Book here: botphod.event
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Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building.

Additional information

The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here: http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton. Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque Fabrica 01273 778646 clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

Directions

The event takes place in a large contemporary visual gallery which is in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance. http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location

Website

botphod.event
cloud8.uk/new//projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

Organised by

Strike a Light / Fabrica
 

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WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
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 uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point (https://archive.strikealight.org/projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/)
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.

Opening Times

  • Friday 11 September: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Pre-booking required!
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
Call: 01273 778646
Email: clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
Go to: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
Booking opens: 15 July 2015 09:00
Booking closes: 11 September 2015 18:00

Access

Wheelchair ramp built into entrance. Guide dogs welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. This walking tour may last 60 – or 90 minutes depending on the size of the group on the tour. Free but donations welcome.

Directions

The Walk starts at Fabrica gallery, which is a large contemporary visual gallery in a 19th century converted church in central Brighton opposite Browns Restaurant. It is ten minutes walk from Brighton seafront. Public Transport Directions: Brighton Railway Station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Local buses stop within walking distance. http://www.visitbrighton.com/culture/fabrica-p384651#location

Website

botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com
cloud8.uk/new//projects/the-boys-on-the-plaque/

 
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