BOYS ON THE PLAQUE
Fabrica, in partnership with Strike A Light and Brighton & Hove Library Services, received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for The Boys on the Plaque project, running from 2015-2017. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project highlighted a recently uncovered First World War memorial plaque situated in the former Holy Trinity Church which houses Fabrica gallery.
Since 2017 is the bicentennial of the Fabrica building that was built in 1817, it was a fitting time to honor
and celebrate the history of the building and its continuing presence as a place of contemplation and community in Brighton & Hove.
The Fabrica team had been incredibly curious over time to uncover one of the best-kept secrets of the building from before it had become the arts center that it is today.
The project's main aims where connecting with the community, as many of the men on the plaque had been local tradesmen and businessmen, and connect with locals through learning something new about our history.
This was achieved through a leading team of volunteers who worked with Brighton and Hove city libraries and Strike a Light to have access to online resources and national archives and researched the lives of each of the men on the plaque.
Their research was then used for a number of different events and activities which involved young people and the older audience, such as the graffiti workshop led by Tim Gouldin or the "Heritage Open Days" and the "Conversation Cafes" organized in collaboration with the University of the Third Age, as well as the Walking Tours with Dr Geoffrey Mead. The common goal of the project was to consider legacy, memorials, and identity through contemporary visual practice.
Towards the end of the project, a publication was produced compiling all the research which can be found at Fabrica for visitors to look through, and which is also in the local library, in the hopes that it can add to the history of the community.
You can follow the events, research and documentation on the dedicated Boys on the Plaque blog.