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Conversation Cafes poster for free WWI reminiscence sessions

Conversation Cafe poster

Conversation Cafes poster for free WWI themed reminiscence activities, visits, book readings and more for the Boys on the Plaque project.

The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove.

Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking place on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery  and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. 

See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes

Conversation Cafes – Free reminsicence sessions!

CONVERSATION CAFES

The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. 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.
Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking  place on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery, Jubilee Library  and other Brighton venues from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome! 

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

We will be hosting a series of Twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), will use Holy Trinity, the plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.

Book your free place by contacting:

Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 

01273 778646 

clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/

Sessions organised in partnership with:

  • Strike A Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age(U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

cropped-img_1310There will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.
Information and copies of selected heritage materials found by our research group will be shared with older and younger people through our Conversation Cafe’s and Graffiti workshops, and intergenerational groups at our free Walking Tours,  Heritage Open Days events on Thursday 10th September 2015 and Thursday 8th September 2016 and Bi-Centennial celebration in 2017, increasing the reach and impact of our research.
Through this we aim to connect people with local places associated with WWI, through investigation of our locality, sharing our findings through Walking Tours of the area and events based at Fabrica (a Grade II* listed building).
Nicola Benge (Strike a Light) will work with members of University of the Third Age and other individuals to share stories, memories, family history and local history (using information generated by the Volunteer Researchers), and take part in object handling to establish a meaningful history of ordinary people’s lives in Brighton & Hove.
These will be recorded for posterity, inform the project as a whole and will help to build a long-lasting relationship between the participants and Fabrica.
Academics, historians and researchers will be incorporated into our activities, their research and skills enabling a high quality learning experience for volunteers and participants, and significantly enriching our public programme.
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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.




Join our free WWI Conversation Cafes this autumn!

cropped-img_1310Free CONVERSATION CAFÉS beginning on Wednesday 21st October at Fabrica gallery and other Brighton venues.
(Taking place on the second Wednesday of every month from 11th November) 2.30-4.30pm. 
We will be hosting a free series of  Twelve Conversation Café’s at Fabrica from October 2015, facilitated by Nicola Benge (Strike A Light), which will use the Holy Trinity church, Fabrica gallery, a WWI memorial plaque and the local area to look into participant histories.
You can book your free place by contacting:
Clare Hankinson, Project Manager – The Boys on the Plaque 
01273 778646 
clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk
https://boysontheplaque.wordpress.com/
There will be talks from Dr Chris Kempshall, project Coordinator of the WWI in East Sussex project, outings to the Rare Books Archiveand more including discussions will be led around themes inspired by The Boys on the Plaque, including life in Brighton & Hove during WWI, historical experiences of ordinary men and women, and life after the war. We will also consider wider themes about the church in the community, and Holy Trinity’s history with its bi-centennial in 2017. Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of Holy Trinity as church and gallery over the project.
Information and copies of selected heritage materials found by our research group will be shared with older and younger people through our Conversation Cafe’s and Graffiti workshops, and intergenerational groups at our free Walking Tours,  Heritage Open Days events on Thursday 10th September 2015 and Thursday 8th September 2016 and Bi-Centennial celebration in 2017, increasing the reach and impact of our research.
Through this we aim to connect people with local places associated with WWI, through investigation of our locality, sharing our findings through Walking Tours of the area and events based at Fabrica (a Grade II* listed building).
Nicola Benge (Strike a Light) will work with members of University of the Third Age and other individuals to share stories, memories, family history and local history (using information generated by the Volunteer Researchers), and take part in object handling to establish a meaningful history of ordinary people’s lives in Brighton & Hove.
These will be recorded for posterity, inform the project as a whole and will help to build a long-lasting relationship between the participants and Fabrica.
Academics, historians and researchers will be incorporated into our activities, their research and skills enabling a high quality learning experience for volunteers and participants, and significantly enriching our public programme.

  • Strike A Light: A local voluntary arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to transform public and private spaces, specialising in intergenerational projects and working with people in the third age.
  • Brighton and Hove Library Services: Jubilee and Hove Libraries: Lucy Castle and Kate Regester – Community Engagement Managers www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.org
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) Local History Group: A learning co-operative of people no longer in full time employment. With over 450 members and educational, creative and social. Alan Cooke – Chairman of Brighton and Hove U3A and Coordinator of U3A Local History Group. www.brightonandhoveu3a.org.uk

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Independent Lives

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New events coming up:

I’m pleased to pass on details of a heritage exhibition and related events which Nicola Benge from Strike a Light and oral historian Esther Gill were involved with, which is currently being showcased by Independent Lives as part of 2014’s Disability History Month. All activities are free and take place in Sussex.

It’ll be a great opportunity to hear more about disabled peoples’ experiences over the last 60 years in their own words, as well as hear some interesting guest speakers at a variety of dates across Sussex.

Disability History Month Events

Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex inNovember and December 2014.

At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.

To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or emailsophie.thompson@independentlives.org

If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.

Haywards Heath

Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.

Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.

Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.

Worthing

Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about.
Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.

Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.

Chichester

Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials.
Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.

Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pmto 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.

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!

Centennial

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

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

What: Special Daytime Event – Free drop in

On  gallery in collaboration with arts and heritage organisation will be hosting a free and specially created event

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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Heritage Lottery Fund profiles project

SufdReally pleased to see that the Heritage Lottery Fund have profiled a South Coast HLF funded project myself (Nicola Benge) and Esther Gill were involved with as Project Managers from 2011-13 called Speaking up for Disability.

This project was supported by a grant through their Priority Development Area grant for the charity Voice for Disability/later (Worthing based charity) Independent Lives.

This project has given disabled people living in West Sussex the chance to tell their own story. There are few records in existence that look at disability from the viewpoint of disabled people themselves because historical reports tend to have been written by hospitals, institutions and other care providers. However,this project has explored the hidden histories of disabled people looking at how their experiences of early life, school, work, families, the views of health professionals, and relationships have altered since the 1940s.

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Ale and Hearty final event – 2014

Strike a Light hosted a project book launch recently in Lewes (January 2014).

This involved a drop-in crafts workshop to make slumber pillows using heritage local hops, showcasing our Ale and Hearty project exhibition, a screening of our Ale Tales film, wild food cafe, and free beer tasting.

The hit of the evening was a round table discussion about brewing with Miles Jenner, Master Brewer from Harveys Brewery, David Muggleton – Editor of The Sussex DrinkerGodfrey Broster the brewing vicar, and John Copper of the singing Copper Family.

We had a packed house and a great time, in part due to the generous beer provisions donated by Harveys of Lewes!

Ale and Hearty was an HLF funded social history project about brewing and related agriculture and industry around Lewes.

This project is now finished – 2014

 





Strike a Light – 2013 in review

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.