FREE: Outing to The Day Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourn

Cyril.JPGTomorrow our project group will be going on  trip to the Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne to find out more about the Battle of Boars Head (linked to The Orange Lilies project), where On just one fateful day in June 1916 in Richebourg, France, over 1000 men from Sussex were wounded or killed. https://www.facebook.com/events/903400313139490/

We are leaving in a minibus from Brighton and have a couple of spaces still for this trip, so please get in touch if you’d like to attend too: theorangelilies@gmail.com

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.

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

This is part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project:https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/events/

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service

Images courtesy of Patricia Reed, of her father Cyril Flower Martindale who served at The Battle of Boars Head

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Open Call for emerging Film makers aged 16 – 24

 

tol-posterThe Orange Lilies Film Project – Call out for youth submissions

Deadline: Sunday 9th October 2016

Strike a Light are working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, Gateways to the First Wold War, and Fabrica gallery on The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme project, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are looking for young film makers aged 16-24 who would like to make a short film as part of The Orange Lilies film project strand – We seek creative and motivated people who would like the opportunity to make a short film in a supported environment, working with artists, researchers and project participants.

Four individuals or ‘film crews’ will work on an original idea, based on research undertaken in the project. Facilitated by the film project co-ordinator, you will access equipment and resources, and be invited to workshops to develop skills and creative ideas. You will have the full support of The Orange Lilies project researchers, and attend information days, events and workshops.

The project will offer an opportunity to add to your portfolio and gain experience of responding to a professional brief whilst working in a supportive environment that opens up networks for your future practice. You will also have the opportunity to reach large audiences with your film profiled online and screened at B.fest 2017 at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

The Orange Lilies project is currently underway and continues until June 2017. Film makers will be required to commit to working with the film project co-ordinator, and aspects of the project they wish to highlight in their films.

It is envisaged that some participants will produce their film in a 4-6-week timescale, focusing their ideas on a particular aspect, object or individual important to the project. Others may benefit by being involved with the project workshops, researchers and mentors over the full term of the project. We are open to alternative interpretations of the film making brief, and encourage creativity and experimentation.

This is a free opportunity for young filmmakers aged 16-24 who are able to get to Brighton & Hove for the project

The Film makers will receive support and training to:

  • Work with a film making mentor to research and create four short films about The Orange Lilies project
  • Attend training and project sessions to create these films
  • Attend archives, events, exhibitions and outings related to the project
  • Complete short films and share these with the project

Skills Required:

  • An interest in film making, and willingness to learn new skills
  • Use and think creatively about material in archives for film
  • A positive and imaginative approach to volunteering
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills

About The Orange Lilies project

Strike a Light will be working with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme and an earlier event The Battle of the Boar’s Head (30th June -18th November 1916) 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.

Who can apply?

Young people 16-24 currently living or studying in Brighton and Hove.

(Individuals or crews/teams will be considered equally. All applicants need to display some previous film making experience.)

How to apply

Applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest in the project either in writing (no more than 1 side of A4) or a video (no more than 3 mins) explaining why they want to be part of the project and any previous experience. Please include links to films.

Deadline for applications is 12th October 2016 and applicants will be notified of selection by 19th October.

Overview

This project is coordinated by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, a Brighton based organisation which uses people’s life stories and memories to engage a wide range of groups in creative and heritage activities, and making art to transform public and private spaces.

Who to contact?

Contact Tracey Gue – Film Coordinator for more information
Email: tracey.gue@fabrica.org.uk
 

 

 

From the Somme to Brighton: the stories of two ‘Pavilion Blues’

Pav-Blues-cartoon.jpgJo Palache, researcher for ‘Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity’ at Brighton Museum, shares the tales of two of the amputees who were treated at the Pavilion Military Hospital and discusses how their individual stories helped her learn more about the lives of the patients at the hospital.

FREE: Outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum. This takes place on 12th October 10-12pm. 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.

This talk will take place in the Museum Lab, and will involve an illustrated talk on the hospital and this time, as well as giving some background, on the individual stories of Albert Clay and George Fulkes.  Both fought on the Somme, although Albert was wounded later. We’ll also look at how the group can use the magazines to find out about soldiers who fought on the Somme.

Even if you have already visited the Pavilion Blues exhibition already, this event will approach the theme from a different angle so will offer new and nuanced information for visitors.

 

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In association with the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

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

Free WWI events this week!

Free Heritage Open Days events – Brighton & Hove

Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September

Keep the Home Fires Burning event –
Heritage Open Days (Free)

Thursday 8th September 1-4pm (Drop in): 

A creatively curated drop-in daytime event, with free workshops, exhibitions, talks, and cafe.

We’ll be hosting songstrels The Close Shaves, creative workshops from artist Fiona Edwards, tea and cakes, WWI era bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion, exhibitions from Gateways to the First World War on cinema and theatre, and also from Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

The event taking place is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits.

Book your free place here 


WWI Walking Tour – Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.

 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.

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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.


Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm

FREE Exhibition and Drop in at Strike a Light, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Strike a Light showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses 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.

In partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service.

These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Upcoming project activities and events

Here are just some of the upcoming project events and activities for The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme project this autumn. Why not come along to one of our free events and find out how to get involved, or just enjoy free walking tours, talks and activities.

church in the Somme - lita * Thanks to QueenSpark Books and its’ Letter in the Attic project for use of both these images.

Coming up ….

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.

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.

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 2.30-4.30pm. 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.

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.

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

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

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.

In partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums

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

Volunteer Research Group starts – get involved!

 

TOL logoOur new Volunteer Research Group will be meeting next week for the first time, along with Ross Hammond, the new Research Group Coordinator for The Orange Lilies project, to go through training, events and activities as well as exploring our research approach. All welcome!
We will be meeting at Jubilee Library in Brighton from 10.30am-12.30pm on Friday 5th August in the community meet space which is just to the left of the graphic novel section, behind the check out desk on the ground floor.
Do RSVP so we know if you’re able to attend – theorangelilies@gmail.com
Please bring a note book and pen with you too.
Looking forward to seeing you!
With thanks to QueenSpark Books for the image of the postcard from 1916 from their Letter in the Attic project.

BRIGHTON, HOVE AND SUSSEX IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: USING THE KEEP TO DISCOVER LOCAL HISTORY

Seeking project researchers

The Orange Lilies Project is seeking Volunteer Archive Researchers to support knowledge and history throughout this project. If you’re interested in getting involved then do get in touch. Training will be given.

Archive Researchers will receive support and training to:

  • Visit and work in The Keep archive in Brighton on a number of occasions.
  • Visit the Rare Books Archive at Jubilee Library and other related venues
  • Attend events, exhibitions and outings related to The Orange Lilies project
  • Copy and write up the material gathered so that it can be used by the project and on the website

Skills Required:

  • Learn new skills and think creatively about material in archives
  • Persistence – to find information in archives
  • An interest in local history
  • A positive and imaginative approach to volunteering
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills

For more information, please contact:

Nicola Benge

The Orange Lilies Project Manager

Tel: 07727 006538

theorangelilies@gmail.com

Introducing … The Orange Lilies

Sussex in the Somme

On 1st July 1916, the commencement of the battle of the Somme, it was said you could hear the cannons from France at a cricket match in Brighton.  At a key battle taking place on the eve of the Somme, that of the Battle of Boar’s Head, it quickly became known as ‘The Day that Sussex died’, due to the huge amount of fatalities sustained on the battlefield.

The men of the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdowns Battalions (all Sussex regiments) leading the fighting were unaware that their assault was a diversionary raid. Their objective was the nearby salient, a bulge in the line, known as ‘The Boar’s Head’ and it was to be ‘bitten out’.

Southdowns Battalions suffered 366 killed and over 1000 wounded or taken prisoner. Around 70% of those that died came from Sussex with estimates including up to 12 sets of brothers.

We plan to commemorate these epic events; the anniversary of the Somme,  Sussex lives lost at war and subsequent  changes on the homefront from this epic six month battle. Through this moving new project, we will create and install a new WWI commemorative plaque in Brighton and Hove to remember those lost at the Battle of Boar’s head. The plaque would memorialise soldiers from Brighton & Hove who fought and fell during this particular part of the Great War. These men are the ordinary, forgotten heroes of WWI, also known as Lowther’s Lambs.

From June 2016 – June 2017 we will discover the effects of the Somme on the city of Brighton and Hove, including the impact of this significant part of WWI on local soldiers, their families and wider community. We will connect this tangible heritage with the present, linking the stories of lost soldiers, those left on the home front, and the city – with participants and volunteers, new and established audiences and project partners, with young and older people.

Through partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries, Gateways to WWI and existing archives, we plan to create a project about the role of Sussex in the battlefields of the Somme and the impact of this epic, life shattering battle in the city of Brighton and Hove. We will do this through:

  • A series of short film about the Somme in Sussex created by young local filmmakers, mentored by a professional filmmaker with input from a respected local historian
  • A series of six WWI themed outings to local and regional places of relevance to the Somme, an Armistice event in 2016 Two film Great War themed film events at Fabrica
  • Two historian talks about our theme at different venues
  • A partnered study day with Gateways to WWI project
  • Ten historic and creative WWI postcards to be disseminated to local organisations and schools
  • A Brighton and Hove libraries young people research group compiling information about the battle of Boar’s Head and the Somme, collaborating with our volunteer filmmakers, and mentored by Fabrica gallery staff.
  • Meeting with a now retired 1st Battalion, Sussex Regiment member who will advise on military matters.

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by

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In Partnership with the following organisations:

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with support from

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