FREE: Research training session at The Keep archive with Research Coordinator Ross Hammond for The Orange Lilies- Brighton and Hove in the Somme project.
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.
- A photo ID such as Passport, Bus Pass, Driving licence
- A letter with your Address and Name
This is so you can get a reader card and get items from the Archive! This card is free for first time members.
Venue – The Keep, Woollards way, Brighton BN1 9BP
The Orange Lilies project is delivered by Strike a Light
In Partnership with the following organisations:
Brighton and Hove Lbraries and Information Service, Gateways to the First World War and Fabrica
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Image of Cyril Flower Martindale of the Royal Sussex Regiment used with kind permission of Patricia Reed
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
- 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:
The Orange Lilies Project Manager
Tel: 07727 006538
The Orange Lilies project will be attending this talk which is really useful for our own research as we start our investigations.
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.
Venue: The Keep
Admission: £3.00 Booking is essential. Please pay on the door and arrive at least 15 minutes before the talk
Image used with kind permission of the East Sussex in WWI project
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.
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