Friday, 16 March 2012

Visit to Brighton...

We met at Lighthouse in Brighton with two tasks to complete. Firstly to test our collection in Historypin and secondly to take photographs for the exhibition. Our aim was to recreate the war time photographs on the streets of Brighton today. These photographs will be exhibited alongside the original war time photographs in the Past Present exhibition.

With a minimum of ten photographs to take and with only two hours to take them we split into teams and set off. I headed up to the train station with Amy-Lou and Alicia, whilst Connor, Rory, Terri-Jo and Carina made their way towards the Sealife centre and Kemptown to find the location of the bombed Odeon cinema. Max, Dean, Ruth and Louise made route to the sea to split off and take the photos of the barricaded front. We met up an hour later in the Pavilion Gardens to take the final image of the gasmasked man.

We headed back to Lighthouse and looked through the photographs taken by the students. We discussed how the location has changed, and selected the best images for print. The images the students took are totally brilliant. They put in a lot of thought about how to reenact each original photograph and paid close attention to the angle the photograph needed to be taken to reflect the original.

Here are our selected photos for print:

Now I am looking forward to the final exhibition and to see these photographs placed alongside the war time originals.

Creating the Historypin collection

Thanks to the brilliant support of Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery we now have our final selection of photographs for the Historypin collection.

Here are a few of the selected images:

Equipped with photographs and inspired by the material from the Mass Observation Archive the students got to work pinning their images and stories onto Historypin.

Take a look at the Lighthouse PastPresent collection at:

Mixing fact with fiction the students have created stories that they placed against their chosen image (in Historypin). Some students created fun, imaginary characters whilst others used thought provoking facts, all of the narratives reflect what they have learnt about life on the home front in Brighton over the last month.

Great work BACA!!!!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Mass Observation Archive visit - Lovely Betty and Ivy

On Valentines day and during the half term break the committed group from BACA met at the Mass Observation Archive to continue to research Brighton in WW2. During this three hour session the students knuckled down and gathered a rich collection of material from the archives.

Splitting into couples the students explored files containing day survey's, diary entries, newspaper cuttings, promotional material, posters and photographs of Woman at War and Life on the Home Front. 

For the second half of the session we had a visit from Betty and Ivy who both were children during WW2. The students were lucky enough to chat with the older people and ask questions about their experiences. Betty and Ivy both lived in Brighton during the war and had many stories to share. Promoted by the questions from the students and the research that was selected we had a very rich and interesting Q&A session.

Here are a few photographs of the material selected from the Mass Observation Archive:

Terri-Jo and Carina looked at the WAFFs and the WRENS

Louise and Ruth looked at the Air Raid Precautions

 Max and Dean looked at the Home guards

Amy-Lou and Alicia looked at the Land Army and evacuation

Ruth and Louise looked at the ATS


Connor an Rory looked at the Home guards

Thanks so much to all the staff at the Mass Observation Archive and also to Betty and Ivy for begin so generous with their time.


Short Session at BACA

February 8th 2012 - Session 3 at BACA

Just a short session so no time to waste....

Today the students located their chosen photographs from WW2 on street view. Firstly they needed to find the exact location in Brighton that the photograph had been taken and then try to find the correct angle. This was quite a tricky business, but the students managed with ease.

If they could not find the exact location then they began to think creatively about where to locate the photograph and why the selected location was appropriate. This was apparent especially for images taken in air raid shelters and in the surrounding countryside.

Here are a few examples of the images chosen for the tour. I can only post a few at the moment as we are awaiting copyright permissions for the others. See if you can place where these photographs were taken in Brighton.

Next week we are off to the Mass Observation Archive to research narratives, diaries, posters and propaganda produced during the war. We are also delighted to have a visit from Betty and Ivy, two lovely ladies who grew up during WW2.