WWI archive research session – The Orange Lilies project

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.

This will be a chance to become a member of The Keep and some more advice about using the services there. There is no pressure to stay the whole day but I will be there from 11am – 4pm to offer any help.
The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK. 
The Keep is situated near the Amex Stadium. The easiest way of getting there is via Bus:
By bus
The following Brighton & Hove buses stop just outside The Keep car park at the Brighton Academy bus stop:
Number 23 (Brighton Marina – County Hospital – Queens Park – Lewes Road – Universities)
Number 25 (Palmeira Square – Lewes Road – Universities),
Number 28 (Brighton – Lewes – Ringmer)
This is a link with more information on how to get there. http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/getting-here/
Important:
 
If you have NOT visited the keep before please bring two forms of Identification:
  1. A photo ID such as Passport, Bus Pass, Driving licence
  2. 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.

You can find more information here: http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/before-you-visit/

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

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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

 

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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
 

 

 

New project activities – All welcome!

We’re pleased to be delivering some new activities and events in Brighton and Hove in 2016 and 2017 in partnership with Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information service, as well as The British Legion.

Portland Road School Hospital, Hove

With thanks to East Sussex in World War I project for permission to use these images

Our newest event which was agreed today, will take place from 1.30-3pm on 18th October at The British Legion pop in centre, 100 Queens Road, Brighton and will host a talk, slideshow and Q&A with The Orange Lilies project manager Nicola Benge. The session is free and tea and biscuits will be provided. Venue – The Royal British Legion pop in, 100-101 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XF

We’ll be hosting a The Orange Lilies project afternoon with speakers and resources on 18th November in Brighton (Venue TBC) from 2-5pm, this is also a free and drop-in event, all welcome!

We’ve also now confirmed our final big event for the project on 30th June 2017 from 10am-4pm, and takes place at Jubilee Library, Brighton in the main space and will have speakers, film showings, plenary session, Q & As alongside academics and experts on Brighton and Hove in the Somme. this is a free, drop in event, but you’re also welcome to attend for the whole day too if you’d like!

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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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 volunteer film makers!

The Orange Lilies Project – Volunteer Roles: Film makers (Ages 15-25)

We aim to find creative ways to commemorate soldiers through the medium of film and textiles, created by young people (age 15-25), showing their creative heritage response to the events of the centenary in Brighton.

We will create four short films to document and share the project as it progresses. Made by young people, this heritage subject will be given an accessible and fresh vision that other young people can enjoy, as well as general audiences, who will be better informed as the project develops.

Each of the films will give the project a tangible legacy after it’s end. The Orange Lilies project will culminate with a fifth, evaluatory final short film about the achievements, experiences and discoveries made during the project. The films will be made accessible to project partners for further reach as well as having an online presence on the project blog and screened where possible at project events, such as the Fabrica film screening.

The short films produced will be made available for local schools, partners, relevant projects and organisations to use throughout the WWI centenary.

LITA Palace Pier.jpgThe Film makers will receive support and training to:

  • Work with a film making mentor to research and create five short films about The Orange Lilies project
  • Attend training and project sessions to create these films
  • Visit The Keep archive and other related venues
  • Attend events, exhibitions and outings related to project
  • Complete short films and share these with the project

Skills Required:

  • Learn new skills about film making
  • Use and think creatively about material in archives for film
  • An interest in film making
  • 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

 

Thanks to QueenSpark Books and its’ Letter in the Attic project for use of this image.

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

Seeking project participants!

postcard from F stoner to sister France 1916Get involved with our new The Orange Lilies project which has just begun and which is researching and commemorating the role of Brighton and Hove born Royal Sussex Regiment soldiers in the battle of the Somme in 1916.

We’re seeking volunteer researchers, project participants, young people who are interested in learning about making short films, and creative young people to participate in a series of free textile workshops between June 2016 and June 2017. If you would like to find out more, then have a look at our new project website here or email theorangelilies@gmail.com to participate in the project.

We’d love to hear your stories, find out about family history, uncover information about Brighton and Hove at home during the battle of the Somme, and those city soldiers abroad who served on the battlefields and what happened to them.

We’ve started to uncover stories about soldiers like Private Frederick George Stoner who died on 28th October 1916 and who’s name is engraved on the memorial at Thiepval in the Somme, France. Here he writes a postcard is to his sister Ellen (‘Nellie’) Elizabeth Stoner (later Simmons) in 1916. The front of the postcard shows ‘Inside of the church’ at Eclusier-Vaux in the Somme.

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

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:

Brighton and hove libraries logo (1) Fablogo GFWW

with support from

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