A War Story a day from Brighton Museums

During 2014, Brighton & Hove's Royal Pavilion and Museums will mark the centenary of the First World War by posting a story a day (Mon-Fri) about the conflict.

Most of these will be taken from our collections and the work we are doing behind the scenes to commemorate the anniversary. We will also post links to other work going on in the city, and resources that may be useful.

All these stories will hopefully tell you a little about the war, what it meant to Brighton & Hove, and what we can learn from it today.

Oct 2

As part of the War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition we commissioned seven interviews with individuals and organisations with strong links to the First World War. These include Blind Veterans UK, formed in 1915, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, also formed in 1915 and In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres. 

In this photograph, filmmaker Lindsey Smith is interviewing Rana Chhina, Secretary and Editor, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, USI. We were interested to discover how WWI is remembered in India today and what commemoration projects are being planned.

Watch the interview in the War Stories exhibition, currently on show at Brighton Museum.  


Sep 30

The soldiers that were treated in Brighton’s Indian military hospitals had experienced an extraordinary journey. That journey began in India with recruitment into the Indian Army.

The Haryana Academy of History and Culture have provided us with an insight into the recruitment process, by sharing a modern recording of a traditional recruitment song. 

The song, known as ‘Alha’ was used to open recruiting sessions in Haryana. The lyrics were clearly written at a time when most Indian soldiers were engaged in the Middle East, but it references the Indian Army’s endeavours in France:

The Kshtriya spirit always remains

intact with a Kshtriya

Show your bravery, O Kshtriyas,

in the far off battlefields.

Take a vow of mother earth

and apply a ‘tilak’ on your forehead.

George has called you

He is waiting for you as

a peasant waits for rain.

Follow your brave forefathers

O Ahir, Meo, Gujjar, Jat, Rajput and Ranghar brave men.

See that you earn fame in Europe

and you are known in Basra and France.

Enlighten Africa and shine (like sunshine)

in Turkey and Germany.

Consider your enemy to be

insignificant before you.

In the name of Haryana

Go and teach your enemy

a lesson of his life.

Our thanks to K.C. Yadav of the Haryana Academy for sharing this track. The song was sung by Mukesh Verma. All copyrights remain with the Haryana Academy of History & Culture, Gurgaon, India.


This picture is of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs Regiment standing outside the Royal Pavilion in their Military uniforms. The Royal Pavilion was transformed into an IndianHospital for the wounded Sikh soldiers during the First World War.

Photography by Tessa Hallman

 

This picture is of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs Regiment standing outside the Royal Pavilion in their Military uniforms. The Royal Pavilion was transformed into an IndianHospital for the wounded Sikh soldiers during the First World War.

Photography by Tessa Hallman

 


Sep 29

Here are more pictures taken at the War Stories Heritage Open day. The 15th Ludhiana Sikhs Regiment were around giving visitors a glimpse of how the Sikhs would have looked during the Great War. Visitors were also given the opportunity to dress up in World War One Uniforms and handle some of the weapons of that period. 

Photography by Tessa Hallman


This is a photo of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs Regiment at the War Stories Heritage Open day, which was held on Saturday 13th September.
Photo Credit Tessa Hallman

This is a photo of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs Regiment at the War Stories Heritage Open day, which was held on Saturday 13th September.

Photo Credit Tessa Hallman



Sep 26

Today our curators Jody East and Andy Maxted have been interviewed for our new multimedia tour of the Royal Pavilion.

The new tour will focus on the story of the Pavilion’s use as a First World War hospital. Launching in December, it will provide an alternative to the main tour that concentrates on George IV’s palace.


Sep 25
This photo shows the two senior British officials in charge of Brighton’s Indian military hospitals. On the left is Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War. On the right is Sir Walter Lawrence, Commissioner for Indian Hospitals, who had been personally appointed by Kitchener in November 1914.
In the centre, with his back to the camera, is Mir Dast, a Pathan soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross at the Pavilion in August 1915. 
This photograph was taken in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion, and was featured in a guide book to the hospital issued in 1915. 

This photo shows the two senior British officials in charge of Brighton’s Indian military hospitals. On the left is Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War. On the right is Sir Walter Lawrence, Commissioner for Indian Hospitals, who had been personally appointed by Kitchener in November 1914.

In the centre, with his back to the camera, is Mir Dast, a Pathan soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross at the Pavilion in August 1915. 

This photograph was taken in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion, and was featured in a guide book to the hospital issued in 1915. 


Sep 23


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