Our final event!

20170630_170652-e1499443215907.jpgWe marked the end of our The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project with a big community history event on 30th June 2017 at Jubilee Library in Brighton.

It was a roaring success with a great variety of speakers and around 150 visitors to the drop in day, listening to presentations, visiting stalls and exhibitions at the venue, followed by the unveiling of a memorial stone to those who fell at The Battle of Boar’s Head on 30th June 1916.

Just to say a huge thank you for your support and delivery for The Orange Lilies project since June 2016.
Your time and expertise has really served to make the project happen and is so very much appreciated. I really can’t thank you enough for your involvement!
We are still uploading research to the project website, so things won’t end right away, but in terms of project delivery we are now complete.
I must say it’s come round far too soon and I feel in some ways like we’ve just got started, so am sad to finish, but on to projects new for now.
We’ve had great feedback from visitors for the day in general and also each specific session. The day was a real success and we had around 150 visitors ongoing through the day to hear your presentations. I hope you enjoyed it too!
‘I was glad to catch Geoffrey Mead’s talk. Fascinating!’
‘The speakers were of an extremely high standard’
‘Chris Kempshall’s talk was my favourite part’
‘A fascinating day, thank you!’
‘Really enjoyed it’
‘The speakers were all inspirational, amusing, entertaining, relevant and inspiring’
‘It was an illuminating and fascinating day of events’
‘All the presentations (including the Q+A) were of an extremely high standard’
‘Many congratulations on a superb project’
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Our exhibition is open to the public!

20170525_102209.jpgWe’ve just set up the textiles part of our BFEST 2017 Youth Arts exhibition at Jubilee Library in Brighton, exploring Brighton and Hove during the Somme, and made with young people, and artist Rosie James. It’s looking great!
We will also be showing the short films made with young people for The Orange Lilies project, and they should be operation from tomorrow.
The BFST festival last for a week and offers free activities across the city created by, with and for young people.
It starts with the launch on Saturday 27th May at The Level so come down and see the exhibition. It’s on until 4th July.

Petition to create a Battle of Boars Head memorial in Brighton

cyril-at-lowthers-lambs-reunion-third-row-foruth-from-leftIf you’d like to see a memorial to those who served and fell at the Battle of Boars Head in World War I erected in Brighton and Hove, then please sign this petition by 12th December.

Link here: http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=526&RPID=17774783&HPID=17774783


We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to The city of Brighton and Hove has this year commemorated those men who gave their all during the Battle of Boars Head but there is no permanent commemorative memorial specifically for this one day that had such a huge impact on the city. I wish to propose that a permanent memorial be erected, which will ensure that this event does not fade from public memory and ensure that the men are remembered in perpetuity.

This year has seen the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Boars Head, this largely unknown battle which had such an overwhelming effect on Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove had faded into the forgotten past of public memory with only a few knowing about ‘The Day Sussex Died’. The number of men lost from the city were unknown and until this year the date was not commemorated in the city.

After recent research the number of men lost as a consequence of the battle is currently 62, this number is not fixed and may rise with further research.


This ePetition runs from 16/11/2016 to 14/12/2016.

The Orange Lilies at Brighton event – 25th June

LITA Palace Pier.jpgOur new project The Orange Lilies will be taking part at Brighton’s Armed Forces Day this year on. It’s a free day and will see exhibitions, performance, music and drop in activities taking place at the Dome Studio and on New Road too.

Why not come along and say hello  and share your family history about Brighton and Hove in the Somme!

To find out more about this day, you can get in touch with the organiser diane.coe@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Images used with kind permission of the Letter in the Attic project from QueenSpark Books