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The Boys on the Plaque podcast

Radio Reverb podcast

Nicola Benge from Strike A Light and Clare Hankinson from Fabrica gallery recently spoke about The Boys on the Plaque project with Melita Dennett on Radio Reverb – have a listen here 25 mins in: http://radiozerobrighton.podomatic.com/entry/2015-07-18T02_12_14-07_00

WWI Plaque at Fabrica
WWI Plaque at Fabrica

Free events this autumn!

Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery in Brighton are hosting two free events as part of Heritage Open Days this September.  These events are part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.v0_largeDetails for booking these free events here:
Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
40 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 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!

To attend this free event, you can book here:  http://botphod.eventbrite.com

Opening Times

Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

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.
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

WWI Walking Tour Brighton with historian Dr Geoffrey Mead

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex, Bn1 1AG

Walking Tour – Friday 11th Sept 2015, 6pm
The Lanes (Meeting at Fabrica gallery)
Free but donations welcome
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.

Booking required in advance: http://botpwalkingtour.eventbrite.com

Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Opening Times

  • Friday 11 September: 1800-1930

Booking Details

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.

Directions

The event takes place from the start point of 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

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Special Daytime Events – Fabrica and Strike a Light

Special Daytime Events – Fabrica and Strike a Light participate in Fabrica’s gallery programme & enjoy contemporary art

Strike a Light will be creating a new Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton this autumn.
The event takes place at Fabrica on Thursday 10th September from 1-4pm as part of the wider The Boys on the Plaque project. This event is also part of the wider national Heritage Open Days events, so it’s all free! This event is also in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Libraries service.
Strike a Light has just booked a date for new events and film showings at Fabrica gallery this year for it’s special Daytime events, as part of their Growing an Older Audience project and linking with its’ Heritage Lottery funded The Boys on the Plaque project.
These will have a special World War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which are happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18. We will be curating this daytime event, and following it up with a related evening film. The event will host creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.
We are currently planning this year’s theme, so please check our web pages over the summer for updates on what exciting things we are planning to have at our next event.
Aimed at all, and especially older people. Visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way.
To find out more, or attend this event, please contact:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque
Fabrica
40 Duke Street, BN1 AGH
01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
boysontheplaque.wordpress.com
@fabricagallery #boysontheplaque
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You can see more below about previous events of this kind which Strike a Light has organised for Fabrica.
Fabrica worked with  Strike A Light to provide the unique Special Daytime Events outside of exhibitions, during 2011 – 2014.
Each of the events explored a specific theme, and offered a mixture of drop-in arts activities, screenings, talks and performances which could act as a taster for how Fabrica responds to ideas, and what we have on offer throughout the ongoing programme. We aim to give participants a unique, enjoyable day which is an un-pressured introduction to Fabrica, or a chance to catch up with us and other participants.

‘To learn and see what was going on. I didn’t understand what Fabrica meant. What it was all about. So I wanted to come and see.’

Stories Of The City participant
With each event, we learned more about our visitors, and were able to hone the structure and thematic planning of the day into a more successful and enjoyable experience.

‘It has inspired me, because it’s so different.’

Relativity participant

2012

Rituals

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2012

Laughter Lines

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2011

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2011

Stories of the City, Stories of the Sea

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‘I have met more people and made friends here today and we are going to meet afterwards.’
Stories Of the City participant
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The Boys on the Plaque – new heritage project

RP_Limbless-hospital-1916Fabrica gallery, in partnership with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services, has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Boys on the Plaque, in Brighton & Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will highlight a recently uncovered FWW memorial plaque situated in the former Holy Trinity Church which houses Fabrica gallery.
Supported by a team of archivists, artists and historians, the local community will come together through research, creative activities and heritage events to discover the hidden histories of the 95 soldiers commemorated on the plaque and consider the personal experiences of ordinary people during the war.
A team of volunteers will receive training and will access local archives to research and collect the stories of The Boys on the Plaque through genealogy, photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build an understanding of what life was really like during this time.
Activities with local older and younger groups will use creativity and reminisence to further explore these experiences and create new legacies for our local history. A series of Conversation Café’s with members of The University of the Third Age will explore local knowledge, personal mementos and family history through discussion and shared discovery. Younger people will connect to the personal histories of The Boys on the Plaque at creative graffiti workshops, considering memorium and identity through contemporary practice.
A range of public events for all ages will share what we have found and provide opportunities for our local community to come together to remember and learn more about the First World War.
The Boys on the Plaque represent so many of the sons, brothers, fathers and uncles who fought and fell in the First World War, and this project will pay tribute to these men by telling their stories and considering the wider impact on the local community.
In 2017 it will be the Bi-Centennial of this church, which was built in 1817, and it will be a fitting time to honour and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove.
The project findings 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 Boys on the Plaque. Working with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services will bring the project to the wider community through exhibitions and resources, to continue the legacy of The Boys on the Plaque into the future.
Commenting on the award, Liz Whitehead, Co-Director of Fabrica, said: “We’re so delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this two-year project which enables us to explore the history of our building, Holy Trinity Church with and through our local community, especially as the project’s culmination in 2017 will mark the chapel’s bicentennial.”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South East, Stuart McLeod, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £70million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in The Boys on the Plaque to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque
Fabrica
40 Duke Street, BN1 AGH
01273 778646
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
boysontheplaque.wordpress.com
@fabricagallery #boysontheplaque




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Centennial – Free Special Daytime Event at Fabrica Gallery

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Strike a Light is organising an event this week at Fabrica gallery in Brighton as part of 2014’s Heritage Open Days.

It’s free and offers lots of interesting activities to participate in, as well as lots of tea and cake. Come along and join us!

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When: Thursday 11th September 2014 (1-4pm)

Where: Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

What: Special Daytime Event – Free drop in

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On Thursday 11th September (1-4pm), Fabrica gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light will be hosting a free and specially created event Centennial.

Forming a part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days free events across England and Wales, this is an afternoon drop-in to commemorate the beginning of the centenary of World War I. It profiles and examines aspects of our experiences of the war through the use of diaries, moving image, wartime songs, creative workshops, and talks, exploring our shared and personal memories relating to the war, and the stories we were left with.

The event will offer art activities, film showings, workshop activities, talks, and free afternoon tea. In addition, Fabrica will be revealing a plaque honouring the parishioners who fought and died in WWI, hidden from public view for decades.

The event will be followed by a free evening film showing of musical romp Oh! What a Lovely War with low cost bar & nibbles.

Aimed at all and especially older people, visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way. This event also welcomes everyone including families, babies and children of all ages. Free transport is available for the elderly and disabled. Please get in touch to arrange this.

  Book your free ticket for the daytime event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/centennial-tickets-11944471235

And for the free film event here: http://filmclubsept.eventbrite.com 

 To find out more about this event and others in the Special Daytime Events programme at Fabrica, please contact Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Project Coordinator on 01273 778 646 or email: office@fabrica.org.uk  Web: http://www.fabrica.org.uk

To find out more about the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light please contact Nicola Benge strikealight@rocketmail.com or web: http://www.cloud8.uk/new/

 

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Fabrica Film Club:

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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Family activity day at The Keep archive

This will be a fun free family event with a heritage twist through the Mass Observation Archive based at The Keep archive in Brighton. Information below and available via form attached.

There are further free events the same week, which also form part of the free and accessible Heritage Open Days events nationwide.

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Family activity and tour of The Keep

1-3pm, Saturday 13th September

This September, come and discover the Mass Observation Archive at The Keep. Through a specially designed drama workshop and a guided tour, you’ll explore original archive materials, learn about conservation and have the opportunity to participate in Mass Observation style activities.

Location: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 8BP

Suitable for the whole family, especially children age 7-11.

FREE but booking essential via: 01273 482349  or www.thekeep.info/events

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Heritage Open Days is on it’s way!

HOD2_MB_RGBHeritage Open Days: Join the Celebration!

Strike a Light is taking part this year on Thursday 11th September at Fabrica in Brighton.

It’s all free so come and join in!

Towers and tunnels, factories and follies, chapels and synagogues – thousands of England’s most unique and undiscovered historic sites will be throwing open their doors for free in September, as Heritage Open Days celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“2014 is a landmark year for Heritage Open Days,” says Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance.  “Over the last two decades we’ve enabled millions of people to visit thousands of places that are normally closed to the public, helping to put local heritage at the forefront of community life throughout England. This summer we’re looking forward to our most spectacular festival ever – a unique national celebration that brings our hidden history to life.”

The four-day festival promises a more diverse array of events than ever before, ranging from 1950s tea-dances to Elizabethan garden parties.  Join guided walks, visit secret archives, discover hidden works of art – or simply pack a picnic and soak up the sunshine in a garden of your choice.

Join the Celebration: Thursday 11 – Sunday 14th September www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Strike a Light events in 2014

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Strike a Light has just booked a date for new events and film showings at Fabrica gallery this year for it’s special Daytime events, as part of their Growing an Older Audience project.

This will have a special World War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which are happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18.

The date for your diary is Thursday 11th September 1-5pm 2014.

We will be curating this daytime event, and following it up with a related evening film.

The event will host creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.

This event in September will also be part of the national Heritage Open Days events.

We are currently planning this year’s theme, so please check our web pages over the summer for updates on what exciting things we are planning to have at our next event.

Aimed at all, and especially older people. Visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way.

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Ale and Hearty hosts—the Vintage Mobile Cinema (for Lewes Heritage Open Days)

HODS weekendA free weekend cinema experience in Lewes, for Heritage Open Days on 14th & 15th September

The Ale and Hearty project hosts the Vintage Mobile Cinema, showcasing a bespoke short film celebrating bygone days of hop-picking, brewing and Sussex traditions, with vintage footage.

Come see our secret cinema and fascinating cinematic archive over the weekend, and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! We will be showing the film three times per hour, daily.

The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 22 seater cinema open to all:www.vintagemobilecinema.co.uk/events

This event for Lewes Heritage Open Days, is part of the Ale and Hearty project celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area.

Event at:  

Harveys Brewery car park,                                                                                                                       Corner of North Court & Harveys Way,                                                                                             Lewes                                                                                                                                                                            BN7 2JW

(No parking available at venue)

On: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th Sept 10.00-4.00pm

To find out more, please contact Ale and Hearty Project Coordinator:                           aleandheartylewes@gmail.com

Ale and Hearty is a Heritage Lottery Funded Lewes based  project, looking at the heritage of brewing in the town.

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