Brighton & Hove in WWI – Free Event day: 30th June 2017

TOL logoThe Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

Brighton & Hove in WWI –  Free Event Day

Free WWI Community history event marking the end of both The Orange Lilies project, and The Boys on the Plaque project marking the Somme centenary, and exploring Brighton & Hove in WWI.

 Venue: Jubilee Library, Brighton, 11am – 4pm – 30th June 2017 


Introductions by Nicola Benge, The Orange Lilies Project Manager and Clare Hankinson, The Boys on the Plaque Project Manager

Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East shows vintage film clips & discusses Brighton during WWI

Brighton & Hove in WWI Q & A session: chaired by Dr Sam Carroll + Speakers: Dr Chris Kempshall, Dr Alison Fell & Dr Frank Gray

Dr Alison Fell – First World War women workers and strikes

Dr Chris Kempshall of East Sussex in WWI – Talk on Brighton and The Battle of Boars Head

and speakers still TBC


Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove; WWI exhibitions and resources from Brighton & Hove Libraries, Gateways to the First World War, and The Royal British Legion.

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

Queries to:

textiles workshop

The Orange Lilies project is delivered by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

In Partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Services, and Gateways to the First World War.

and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund



Brighton and Hove in WWI – lives unfolding

Alice bamber.jpgNicola Benge, Project Manager of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in The Somme gave a talk about the project recently at The British Legion pop in centre in Brighton.

The talk explored local lives during WWI, and the history of the city and its’ residents from 30th June to 18th November 1916.

If you’re interested in viewing the talk, it was created using the Prezi format to make it a wee bit more zingy, and which you can see here:


Centenary of the Somme in Brighton

The orange lilies websiteA sad day today commemorating the heavy losses of life sustained on both sides at the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.

The first day of the battle is known as the worst day in the history of the British Army as nearly 60,000 British men, all volunteers, were killed, wounded or listed as missing. The Somme ended on 19 November 1916; by then there had been over 400,000 British casualties for a maximum advance of only 8 miles.

LIA_58_1_11.jpgWe remember local boys from Brighton and Hove including Private Frederick George Stoner, a pupil of Stanford Road Infants School, Brighton who was killed on 28th October 1916.

Frederick Stoner send postcards home from France to his sisters (Kathleen Mary Langridge, née Stoner, and Ellen Simmonds, née Stoner) and to his mother Clara Stoner. His name is inscribed on a memorial in Thiepval in France.

Below is an image of the memorial to all Stanford Road school pupils who were killed during the Great War.


In The Tale of a Boy Soldier, a QueenSpark Book, read all about a local Brighton lad, George Parker who joined up age 15 and served at the Somme, survived and made it back alive to Sussex in 1918.

Somme memorials listed here.

Thanks to the Letter in the Attic Project from QueenSpark Books which gave permission to use these images and text.