Outreach Programme


From July 2013 through to July 2014 there will be a busy and varied schools and community programme involving younger and older people sharing stories and experiences, learning and working creatively together. There will be a wide range of activities such as talks, exhibitions and tea dances, heritage learning & creative art and drama and writing workshops – something for everyone, and all provided free of charge to participants.

The HLF-supported workshop programme includes opportunities for training in oral history and interview collection, working with experienced tutors from Brighton University. Stories collected for the project will be incorporated into the script and added to the local oral history archives in both towns. We would like to invite people to share their memories and stories with us – these could be about the Regent Dancehall, going out dancing, music and fashion – or just Brighton and Eastbourne in the 1950’s. If you’ve got a few tales to tell, please get in touch.

So far we have organised activites with and for:
Brighton University, Blind Veterans UK, City College, Hove Park School, Three Score Dance Group, Lifelines, Shoreham Academy, Patching Lodge Care Home.

Activities have included:
Oral history training, dance & drama workshops, creative writing, 1950s social history workshops (including: hair, make-up & fashion, music & vinyl DJing) & art workshops for the visually impaired.


FREE TALKS AND WORKSHOPS, in partnership with the University of Brighton Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories

Writing and dance workshop, led by Sara Clifford (writer and co-producer of the project, for Inroads Productions), Dorothy Max Prior (choreographer) and Matthew Blacklock (actor-dancer), from partner organization Ragroof Players. Using a mixture of dance and creative writing, you will imagine yourself back to the 1950s and the Regent Dancehall, using creative learning to explore the social history of the time, as well as developing useful toolbox exercises to take away and use in your own work.

This is a free and open workshop, however places are limited. Please email Dr. Jess Moriarty to book a place: J.S.Moriarty@brighton.ac.uk

The Board Room, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Two speakers will give talks about the social history of the 50s:
Dr. Claire Langhamer from the University of Sussex will talk about love and romance in the dance hall and Dr. Jane Hattrick will talk about 1950s fashion.
Come along and learn about the life and times of the characters in Our Dancing Feet!
Veronica Stephens (Producer of the project for Zap Art) and Sara Clifford (writer), will join the team to talk about the event itself.

This is a free and open seminar, however places are limited. Please email Dr. Sam Carroll to book a place: s.carroll2@brighton.ac.uk

Room M57, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Collaborative Site-specific Arts Heritage Project