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IMG_3175.JPGThanks to participants who have joined our new Volunteer Research Group for  The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme WWI focussed project.

This was the first session and took place at Jubilee library with the support of the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service. This was also the first opportunity for everyone to meet each other and the new Research group Coordinator Ross Hammond.
We will be having an Ancestry.co.uk genealogy training session at Jubilee library in the first week of September (Date TBC) to boost skills and development. 
Following this, the research group to The Keep archive on Thursday 6th October 11am-4pm to explore artefacts and photos of Brighton and Hove lives during 1916. This is a free event and you will gain new research skills with the support of our Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.
 
Do get in touch if you’d like to join in with the group and gain new skills between now and June 2017: theorangelilies@gmail.com

Brighton and Hove in World War I – stories from the past

Help support a new graphic novel project from Brighton organisation QueenSpark Books   through Kickstarter and find out more about Brighton and Hove’s 100th anniversary of the Great War.
 
This marks a moment in time where they can creatively engage young people in understanding the lives of their forebears, and the impact the War had on this city and its people.
 
QueenSpark Books has been working with young people 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. Aiming to commemorate and share stories and tales of life in the city in the lead up to, during and immediately after the Great War. Watch Brighton’s war stories here.
 
The project uses 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
See quirky images from Brighton’s home front from 1914-1918 here or take a tour around the city during wartime. View local artefacts from this time including a local pass book which had to be carried by all British subjects and visitor permit books for travel were more detailed. The authorities even needed to know whether your male family members were ‘for or against His Majesty’s allies in the present war’.

Permit book from WWI in Brighton
Permit book from WWI in Brighton

“My mother, Amy Lee, who later became Amy Jones … had many jobs including being a cook at Divalls, Smiths in Lewes Road, a greengrocer in Lewes Road and Cooks the Jam Factory. When war broke out she went to Allen West to work on munitions and said that while she was there one of the floors collapsed. It was said that the weight of the munitions was too great. 
Afterwards she was sent to Royal Alfred Sailors Institute at Belevere. When she returned to Brighton she worked on the trams based at Lewes Road. The photo was probably taken as an advertising feature for a local paper…”Ruby Jones

Buses in Brighton
Buses in Brighton

The day Sussex died

Lowther’s Lambs at The Boar’s Head: a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall

Date/Time
Date(s) – 29/06/2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: The Keep
29th June 2016, 5.30pm-6.30pm. £3.00
On 30 June 1916 the men of the Southdowns Battalions, ‘Lowther’s Lambs’, went over the top at ‘The Boar’s Head’, near Richebourg in France. What happened next has become known as ‘The Day that Sussex Died’. This talk will tell the story of what happened that day, and how these volunteer battalions gave their lives in an attempt to ensure success for the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Dr Chris Kempshall is Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex and Associate Lecturer for the University of Kent, UK, specialising in allied relations on the Western Front and modern representations of the war. He is also Project Officer for East Sussex County Council’s First World War Centenary Project.
Admission: £3.00 (Please pay on the door and arrive at least 15 minutes before the talk)
Booking is essential. Please use the form below to book your place:

Thank-you for booking a place for the talk ‘Lowther’s Lambs at The Boar’s Head: a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall’
Please note that admission for this talk is £3.00 to pay on the door.

Keep eating! Free events at The Keep archive this Saturday

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Free families workshop with Mass Observation Archive this Saturday

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Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep archive in Falmer, East Sussex
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available
Fun activities led by young people exploring how we can record our everyday lives in 2015
Cameraheads; Youth Photography Project
Everyday Childhoods Project
Event part of Mass Observations 12th May Day Diary Project
Mass Observation; an archive of everyday life in Britain

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History on Your Doorstep Project
The Highway, Mouslecoomb, 1930s. Royal Pavillion and Museums, HATMP902055.
An 18 month Heritage Lottery Funded project using The Keep resources is underway!  The project aims to collect contemporary archival material of the local area around the Keep.
This spring History on Your Doorstep is offering FREE oral training to learn how to interview, edit and the ethics of oral history. You will be able to interview and be interviewed and this will contribute to a digital time line, telling the rich history of this area. The training begins on Thursday 23rd April and runs every Thursday.
We are also working with local schools to record the history of Moulsecoomb through local residents.  We are holding a special interview day on Friday 8th May- working with our local secondary school Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.  It’s free to join in, and all interviews will be recorded at The Keep with complimentary afternoon tea from local community café The Bridge.  Transport to and from The Keep can also be provided.
If you would like to contribute, or for more information, email Lynn.Tye@eastsussex.gov.uk or telephone 01273 336506.
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How to find us: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP
http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/getting-here
Tel: 01273 482349
Recording the Everyday
Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available

Bakers rise to bread workshop

Roll up Roll up- We made the Argus newspaper for our recent Bread Fayre as part of our Breaking Bread project! Our wonderful volunteer Lynn Tye who works at The Keep county archive is in the picture.

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Lynn Tye – Bread Fayre volunteer

A GOOD baker will always rise to the occasion – and that’s what organisers (Strike a Light) of a bread fayre did at a special workshop event. The fayre graced Brighton’s Open Market on Saturday with a selection of talks and workshops on all things bread baking.

As well as tasty dough treats and stalls, youngsters and their families were treated to storytelling activities and how-to guides on making brilliant batches of bread.

Traders were also invited to contribute to the event. They included cheery duo the Dough Brothers, who brought tasty offerings, and Alex Moran of Daily-bread.org.uk

Free Oral History Training at The Keep archive, Brighton

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FREE oral history training will be happening at The Keep archive in Brighton, East Sussex from the 23rd April. The training is run by professional oral historians and involves all the theory as well as practical training about recording a good interview and also editing and transcribing information.

The sessions run every Thursday at The Keep from 23rd April to 11th June.

For further details, see information here: The Keep Oral History Training Information or The Keep Oral History Training or visit The Keep website

Or contact: Lynn Tye, Community Heritage Learning Officer

Lynn.Tye@eastsussex.gov.uk 

01273 336506

An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Strike a Light attended this course some time ago and found it a really rich and creative experience utilising archives in a new and accessible way.

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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll

Venue: The Keep

Dates: 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March 2015

Four day schools on Saturdays, 10am to 3:30pm

Cost £101.35/ £48.35 unwaged or Student

Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.

The course will consist of four day schools each lasting five hours. The first, ‘Introduction to Mass Observation’ uncovers the unique history of the archive with a particular focus on the diaries within the project. As a group we will spend the morning exploring MO’s fascinating origins in the 1930s documentary movement, its revival in the 1980s and issues such as ethics, representation and historical value. The afternoon will be spent working with archive material, where you will explore and discuss original MO materials and reflect on the issues raised in the morning in practice.

The second day school ‘Using MO for Creative Writing’ will introduce you to how writers have made use of MO material as a source of creative inspiration for their work such as novels, theatrical performances and films. The group will then return to work with original archive material in order to start creating their own pieces of work and formulating ideas for potential projects.

Day school three ‘Observing the Masses’ will involve an overview of the role of photography and observation in the early MO project. We will collaboratively explore Humphrey Spender’s Worktown Collection as part of his extraordinary record of working class life in Britain. You will then engage in your own observations in the local area before regrouping, ready to discuss the related issues. By now you will have decided upon a project of your own you might wish to develop further. For the following week you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or poster to share your ideas with the group for constructive discussion.

The final day school ‘Using MO for Developing Community Projects’ will explore how MO techniques can be used within communities to record the history of everyday lives and to utilise the collected resources creatively. We will look at potential ways of funding creative and community projects. You will have the opportunity to share your early ideas and as a group we will consider what might be the most appropriate way forward for each project. Overall the course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about MO and to use it as a source for inspiration and techniques to work creatively with resources that record everyday lives.

Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian with a range of experience in both the academic and

community arenas across many diverse research projects as tutor, project manager and oral history consultant. She is a community heritage researcher (University of Kent), a steering group member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton), a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing (University of Sussex), on the management committee of QueenSpark Books and a member of the Oral History Society.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch

The Keep is an accessible venue

If you wish to enquire further please contact moa@sussex.ac.uk

To register for the course www.massobs.org/events

Mass Observation family event – Domestic Science

Join the Mass Observation Archive on Saturday 1 November 2014 for a very special FREE family event.

Discover the science behind some common household appliances, find out how they have changed how we live at home, and try your hand at some amazing experiments.

How long did it take to wash clothes before we had detergents?
How does a microwave work, and has it changed our meal times?
Why does a record have grooves
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They’ll be answering all these questions and more with extracts from the archives and some fantastic science demonstrations. You will even get to make some items to take away with you!

Drop in between 10.30am and 3.00pm and join the fun. Suitable for families, yrs 5+ The event is based at The Keep The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

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STANMER – ORAL HISTORIES

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STANMER – ORAL HISTORIES

Local company, Inroads productions, has been awarded R&D funding through the Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts Scheme to develop Stanmer, a brand new play to be written by Sara Clifford.

This site specific play will explore the history of Stanmer House and its surrounding park, with particular reference to the early 1960s, a time of great social and cultural change, when Sussex University was being built next door.

Mixing eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth- and even twenty-first- century histories, together with a ‘60s groove, and informed and inspired by the memories of local residents, the play will explore how we approach our history – from stately homes to country parks, from monuments to common land- and asks what is our ‘heritage’? What do we want from it? And to whom does it belong?

 It is planned that the play will be produced by Veronica Stephens for Zap Art and Sara Clifford for Inroads Productions in May 2015, as part of the Brighton Fringe, with a professional cast and director, and involving up to 100 local people as participants.

Getting involved:

There will be plenty of opportunities for members of the community to get involved by either contributing their stories and memories or taking part in free oral history training sessions delivered by Centre For Research in Memory Narrative & Histories, University of Brighton.

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A key element of the project, will be to work with local residents to collect their memories of the House and park, and particularly the early days of the university, as well as family stories about working at the House. Do you have a story to share? Then please get in touch..

 FREE ORAL HISTORY TRAINING

Over four sessions, people will be able to learn about how to conduct interviews, how to use digital recording equipment and how to summarise and transcribe stories. They will be able to contribute to the oral history archive, and take away new skills to learn about their own families and local history.

The sessions will take place on Saturday 4th October (10-1pm); Wednesday 8th October (6-8pm) ( both at the Writers Place); and Thursday October 23rd 5.3- 7.30pm and Thursday November 6th, 5.30 – 7.30 both at Room M57, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

Would you be interested in taking part ? Then please get in touch..

CONTACT :

Sara Clifford stanmerhouse1960@gmail.com

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