Westham Memorial Bell

The parish church of St Mary in the Sussex village of Westham contains a somewhat unique war memorial. Walking inside the church you see the two war memorial plaques on the North wall to the men from the parish who fell in the First and Second World Wars. However there is another memorial in the […]

Framfield’s Memorial Trees

After the First World War, the village of Framfield, East Sussex planted trees to commemorate its fallen soldiers. In 1918, the Government found that it had amassed £6m from sales in military canteens so allocated £1.5m to a Welfare Fund for the benefit of returning soldiers. This worked out to be an award of 5 […]

Crowborough Remembers

To mark the end of the First World War Centenary a festival will be held in Crowborough. This year marks the Centenary of the end of the Great War (1914-1918) and the Crowborough Community Festival will be commemorating this moment in history with a week-long programme of events called Crowborough Remembers in October 2018. A […]

Wadhurst History Society Exhibition

On Saturday 2nd June, Wadhurst History Society held an Exhibition in the Commemoration Hall to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation to the very day. We also held a smaller exhibition of the Suffragette/Suffragist movement in Kent and East Sussex, plus some national media reports about Emily Davison and meetings held at the […]

Lewes Remembers – Torch Procession

On 12th November 2017, flaming torches were carried through the streets of Lewes, East Sussex to commemorate the 236 from the town who died during the First World War and are recorded on the War Memorial. Brigitte Lardinois, (Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication, University of Arts, London) has for the last five […]

Ringing Remembers

During the First World War, the ringing of bells was used to spread news of the end of the conflict. Now for the war’s centenary they are being used again. On 30th June 2016, bells rang out across Sussex from Chichester Cathedral and parish churches in towns and villages to commemorate the 100th anniversary of […]

100th Anniversary of Willingdon Airship Crash

The Downs were shrouded in thick low cloud on 20 December 2017 for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Navy Air Service Airship disaster. After meeting at noon on Butts Brow above the village of Willingdon, twenty-two people, including representatives of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council, East Sussex County Council, the Willingdon […]

1914 -1918: Lewes Remembers

New images from the world’s oldest photographic studio have been released with the launch of an online audio visual tour which allows people to explore more than 150 images showing life in Lewes, East Sussex, during the First World War with a commentary from period newspaper reports, letters and memories. Brigitte Lardinois, Senior Research Fellow […]

Refrain – Verity Standen

Verity Standen’s Refrain was an immersive, choral experience performed at Newhaven Fort. Refrain was inspired by the story of conscientious objectors at Richmond Castle and was developed for sites of specific historic importance for conscientious objectors during the First World War. As part of its tour Refrain was performed at Newhaven Fort from 9-11 June […]

The Boys on the Plaque

Fabrica, in partnership with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services, ran a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project, The Boys on the Plaque, in Brighton & Hove. The project highlighted a recently uncovered WWI memorial plaque situated in the former Holy Trinity Church which houses Fabrica gallery. Supported by a team of archivists, […]