Oral History Preparations

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Oral History Preparations

We recently mentioned that our Oral History Society will be supplementing the 4th Form’s Second World War research by way of an oral-history project. The aim of the project is to document life ‘on the home front’ at Brighton College.

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Oral History Training with Nicola Benge

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Oral History Training with Nicola Benge

While our 4th Form are busy researching the school’s Roll of Honour, pupils in the 6th Form are planning to supplement their research by way of an oral-history project. The aim of the project is to document life ‘on the home front’ at Brighton College. To help them prepare, we invited Nicola Benge, from Strike a Light, to deliver a training session on Friday.

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Completing WW2 research – a talk from Mick Henry

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Completing WW2 research – a talk from Mick Henry

The College’s Second World War Roll of Honour lists 170 former pupils and teachers killed on active service during the conflict. We are asking every family with a 4th Form pupil to research one name from the Roll of Honour, which will then become part of a book to be published in 2019.

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Roll of Honour Video

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Roll of Honour Video

This was recorded by the pupils who researched the Roll of Honour in the Lest We Forget project, and the music was played by Brighton College pupils. The piece is by the Ravel Menut from Le Tombeau de Couperin - each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (or in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I.

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Brighton College pupil, Tallulah Pudney (Fe. 4th Form) has won 1st place in an international art competition that commemorates the centenary of The Great War

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Brighton College pupil, Tallulah Pudney (Fe. 4th Form) has won 1st place in an international art competition that commemorates the centenary of The Great War

Tallulah Pudney’s “The Blind Leading The Blind” artwork took the prize at the Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition, set up to ensure children understand the great global sacrifices made during the First World War and to encourage young people to actively learn about their shared history and heritage.

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The Battle of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916)

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The Battle of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916)

The Battle of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916) was the largest naval battle of the First World War. The Germans damaged Beatty’s flagship, HMS Lion, and sank HMS Indefatigable and HMS Queen Mary, both of which blew up when German shells hit their ammunition magazines. All 57 officers and 960 seamen of the crew of the Indefatigable were lost – including Midshipmap William Llewelyn Griffith (Ha. 1905-10), aged 18.

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The Somme at 100

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The Somme at 100

British killed and injured on 1st July: 57,470
On average, 893 men died each day of the 141 days of battle.
Total allied and enemy casualties: over one million
Front line advanced: 5 miles

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The Brighton College Boater

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The Brighton College Boater

Brighton College re-introduced the wearing of boaters for its prefects in the summer of 2015, as a mark of respect to the school’s 147 old boys who fell in World War One. The pupils last wore the distinct blue and red-ribboned boaters back in 1969 when they had been a feature of the College uniform and well-recognised around Kemp Town for decades.

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