Events

The Orange Lilies project runs from June 2016-July 2017 and will be hosting or visiting the following events in that time. This page will be updated regularly with activities and sessions as they are organised.

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To add a related event or find out more, please contact Project Coordinator Nicola Benge – theorangelilies@gmail.com

Events and Activities 

2016

25th June 10.30-2pm. FREE: Armed Forces Day event. Exhibition and performances. The Orange Lilies project will have a stall.

Venue – Studio Theatre, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG

29th June 5.30-6.30pm. £3 with refreshments. Must book: Lowther’s Lambs at The Boar’s Head: a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall.

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP.

30th June 10.30-5pm. Free: The Battle of Boar’s Head event – An event commemorating the men of Brighton and Hove who died at the Battle of Boar’s Head with:

  • Re-enactors dressed in Royal Sussex uniform with a really interesting handling collection of WW1 arms etc
  • We’ll be playing the 1916 Somme documentary for people to watch
  • Museum curators will discuss the battle and  the research done on the Brighton recruits who fought/died.
  • Information boards with longer stories researched plus as much detail on the 64 fatalities  uncovered from the city.

Wreath laying will take place at the Steine, Brighton at 5pm and Brighton and Hove churches pealing bells at 5pm (for 15 mins) to commemorate the event.

Venue – Museum Lab, Brighton Museum, Brighton.

8th July 9.45am- 3.30pm. FREE, but must book: Study Day: BRIGHTON, HOVE AND SUSSEX IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: USING THE KEEP TO DISCOVER LOCAL HISTORY

Are you working on a First World War community heritage project in Brighton, Hove and Sussex for the centenary? Or are you hoping to develop such a project and would benefit from some research guidance and advice around funding?

Would you like to learn more about FWW resources held at The Keep and Brighton Museum such as The Pavilion Blues (a magazine produced at the hospital for limbless soldiers 1916-1919) or Rudyard Kipling’s FWW letters (from his son John serving in France). If this is the case, then make sure to book a place on this forthcoming workshop at The Keep archive and historical resources centre.

Organised by Gateways to the First World War.

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP.

July 13th 2.30-4.30pm. FREE: Conversation Cafe. Dr Anne Logan discusses the role of women in the First World War. Part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. 

CONVERSATION CAFÉS taking place on the second Wednesday of every month.

Venue – Rare Books Archive (Second Floor), Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton BN1 1GE

6th September 9.30- 12.30pm. FREE: We are holding bespoke training in the use of Ancestry for research with our The Orange Lilies research group in the Connect Room at Jubilee Library in Brighton. This is the IT suite upstairs. If you’d like to attend this, contact Nicola Benge, theorangelilies@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/327132344289860/

Venue – IT Suite, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton BN1 1GE

8th September 1-4pm. FREE:  Boys on the Plaque project will be hosting a free  Heritage Open Day. This event includes creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.

With performances from singers The Close Shaves, activities with artist Fiona Edwards, The Boys on the Plaque research with Ross Hammond, exhibitions courtesy of Gateways to the First World War and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and WWI vintage bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion.

https://www.facebook.com/events/271836389849057/

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

Venue – Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

9th September 6-7.30pm. FREE: A WWI historic walking tour will take place led by historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (donations welcome). Part of Heritage Open Days. (Donations welcome).

https://www.facebook.com/events/1615704595388436/

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

Venue – Meet at Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

14th September 3-5pm. FREE: Conversation Cafe. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/990852307702772/

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

Venue – Meet at Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

14th September 6-7.30pm. Free:  A WWI historic walking tour will take place led by historian Dr Geoffrey Mead (donations welcome).

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

Venue – Meet at Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

28th September 10.30am-3pm. FREE: Outing to The Day that Sussex Died  exhibition, Eastbourne. On just one fateful day in June, over 1000 men from Sussex were wounded or killed.

See the new recruits marching out of Eastbourne station and uncover the disastrous tales of soldiers like Albert Thomas Hendley, a baker from Willingdon who returned on leave to make his wedding cake and was tragically killed just a month before his wedding. Be moved and inspired by their stories in For Hearth, Home and Honour.

https://www.facebook.com/events/903400313139490/

Venue – Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AQ

Thursday 6th October 11am-4pm (drop in). FREE: Research training session at The Keep archive with Research Coordinator Ross Hammond.  Not everyone is able to attend the whole day, so welcome to come along when you can, or leave when you need to. If you’re attending for the whole session, please bring a packed lunch.

https://www.facebook.com/events/254937658234039/

Venue – The Keep, Woollards way, Brighton BN1 9BP

11th October 2016, 6-7.30pm. FREE: Tribunal. Your Country or Your Conscience? 

A pre-show seminar, co-organised by Gateways to the First World War, Zap Art & InSite and funded by the AHRC, Arts Council England, East Sussex Arts Partnership and Seaford and Newhaven Town Councils.

This free and open seminar brings together three historians to present their research on conscientious objectors and military tribunals in the First World War. The main aim of this event is to elicit an academic discussion about this important and historically controversial First World War heritage in advance of a free showing of Sara Clifford’s The Tribunal, a play that explores the dliemma: Your country or your conscience?

http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/tribunal-pre-show-seminar-first-world-war-conscientious-objection

Venue – Marlborough Theatre, 4 Prince’s St, Brighton BN2 1RD

11th October 2016, 8pm. FREE: Tribunal. Your Country or Your Conscience? 1916 – At a time of war and political uncertainty, Conscientious Objectors were alternately praised and vilified. When Catherine Marshall goes to visit her fellow activist – and lover – Clifford Allen at Newhaven Fort, he is insisting on refusing to fight, which could send him back to gaol and an early grave. Can she save him while still holding on to their ideals? A play full of modern resonances, the story asks what is worth fighting to the death?

http://www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk/event/the-tribunal-new-show-by-sara-clifford/

Venue – Marlborough Theatre, 4 Prince’s St, Brighton BN2 1RD

12th October (10am-12pm). FREE: Outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum. From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton. To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity, at Brighton Museum. Researcher Jo Palache will talk about the stories behind it and her own project research.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090427137716975/

In partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums

Venue – Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

12th October 2.30-4.30pm. FREE: Conversation Cafe The Boys on the Plaque research group to give a presentation on soldiers from the city of Brighton and Hove to the group. Part of The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. 

Venue – Meet at Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG

18th October (1.30 – 3pm). FREE: The Orange Lilies event talk, slideshow and Q & A with project manager Nicola Benge, taking place at Brighton’s The British Legion pop in centre who are running their own WWI centenary project. Tea and biscuits provided.

Book this free event through the Royal British Legion booking line: 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week (calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks).

https://www.facebook.com/events/1765564110359147/

Venue – The Royal British Legion pop in, 100-101 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XF

Tuesday 8th November (10am-12.30pm) PG cert. FREE: Outing to a showing of the film The Battle of the Somme, a 1916 British film, shot by two official cinematographers, Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. The film depicts the British Army in the preliminaries and early days of the battle (1 July – 18 November 1916).

This event hosts a live original score piano accompaniment and pre-screening talks by Dr Sam Carroll (Gateways to the First World War) and Glyn Edwards (The Fedora Group: Stage, Screen & Trench).

Book free tickets here: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Duke_Of_Yorks/film/the-battle-of-the-somme

Organised by Gateways to the First World War.

Venue – The Duke of York Cinema, Preston Circus, Brighton BN1 4NA

Friday 11th November 7-9pm. FREE: Brighton’s Graphic War launch.  Local publisher 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. This event on Armistice day sees the launch of the new book.

http://queensparkbooks.org.uk/books-projects/brightons-graphic-war/?portfolioID=38

Venue  -The Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ

18th November 2-5pm. FREE: WWI Community history afternoon to mark the end of the Somme centenary with talks by Dr Lucy Noakes on Sussex in WWI, Colonel R.M. Arnold – President of The Royal Sussex Regimental Association, and Jennifer Roberts on the Munitionettes, as well as a Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition loaned courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove. With speakers, discussions, resources and free tea and cake.

Book your free place here: http://bit.ly/2du2tPV

https://www.facebook.com/events/284261738620279/

With support from Gateways to the First World War

Venue -M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton BN2 0JY

Wednesday 23rd November (7.30-10pm). Film showing of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’Part of Cinecity programme: Made on location in Brighton in 1968 and using the West Pier for many of sequences, Oh What a Lovely War is an anti-war musical that offers a challenging and provocative representation of the First World War.

Presented by the West Pier Trust (to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the West Pier) and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in tribute to the film’s director, Richard Attenborough, it is introduced by Michael Attenborough and Frank Gray (of CineCity and Screen Archive South East).

https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/228/oh-what-a-lovely-war/

Venue – Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Center Rd, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RA

Events and Activities 

2017

Wednesday 25th January 11am-4pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project Research session at The Keep archive, Brighton

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

Wednesday 1st February 9am-5.30pm: FREE – Outing to West Sussex Records Office (Chichester) archive to research Royal Sussex Regiment in the Somme.

Venue – WSRO, 3 Orchard St, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DD

Friday 10th February 10.30am-12.30pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project research meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Wednesday 23rd February 11am-4pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project Research session at The Keep archive, Brighton

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

Friday 10th March 10.30am-12.30pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project research meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Saturday 11th March 11am-4pm: FREE: Series of four free Textile & Collage Workshops on a WWI theme for younger people (ages 11-24) with artist Rosie James.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Thursday 16th March 4-6pm: FREE: Series of four free Textile & Collage Workshops on a WWI theme for younger people (ages 11-24) with artist Rosie James.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Wednesday 22nd March 11am-4pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project Research session at The Keep archive, Brighton

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

Thursday 23rd March 4-6pm: FREE: Series of four free Textile & Collage Workshops on a WWI theme for younger people (ages 11-24) with artist Rosie James.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Thursday 30th March 4-6pm: FREE: Series of four free Textile & Collage Workshops on a WWI theme for younger people (ages 11-24) with artist Rosie James.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Wednesday 26th April 11am-4pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project Research session at The Keep archive, Brighton

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

Monday 8th May – 7pm: Dr Chris Kempshall: Lowther’s Lambs and the Boar’s Head. £3 on the door.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

Friday 12th May 10.30am-12.30pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project research meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Friday 12th May 1-4pm: FREE Talk and show and tell about Minnie Turner and Brighton Sufragettes in the run up to and during WWI. A specially organised talk for The Orange Lilies. Meet in the foyer of the Museum just before 1pm.

Venue – Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

Wednesday 24th May 11am-4pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project Research session at The Keep archive, Brighton

Venue – The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

Friday 26th May 10am-4pm: FREE – Discovering the First World War in the South East: A free and open First World War information event at Hastings Museum. Supported by Gateways to the First World War.

Venue – Hastings Museum, Hastings, East Sussex

28th May – 4th July: FREE: B.Fest exhibition (and ongoing after this time) of The Orange Lilies project films and textiles created by young people across Brighton and Hove.

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Friday 9th June 10.30am-12.30pm: FREE – The Orange Lilies project research meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton

Venue – Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Friday 30th June (11am -4pm). FREE: Study day and final event to mark the end of the Somme centenary, and the end of The Orange Lilies project, and partner project The Boys on the Plaque from Fabrica gallery. With speakers (including Dr Chris Kempshall, and Dr Lucy Noakes), academics, film showings, lunchtime activities, plenary session led by Dr Sam Carroll and Q & A discussion.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1653404871641064/

Venue – Main area, Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Friday 30th June 4.30 -5.30pm: FREE – Installation and commemoration of memorial stone for those Brighton & Hove Royal Sussex Regiment soldiers who fell at The Battle of Boar’s Head, Richebourg, France on 30th June 1916.

Venue – Main area, Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Acknowledgements

Image – Postcard sent from France in 1916 by Frederick Stoner. Image used by kind permission of QueenSpark Books, Letter in the Attic project.

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by

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In Partnership with the following organisations:

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