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Connaught Centre 125th Year Celebration
On Saturday, 20th March 2010, The Connaught Centre will be celebrating its 125th year as an educational institution.We will be running a full programme of events to celebrate and we invite everyone who has used the Connaught Centre, visited it, wishes to know more or has an interest in one of Brighton and Hove's more spectacular buildings to come and join us.Please find our full programme below:

Talks, walks and performances
11.00-11.45 A Tale of 2 Eras - An informal Art History talk on common themes of Victorian painting and sculpture

11.30-12.00 and 13.00-13.30 School Days A half hour dramatic extravaganza from the Connaught Theatre Company.

11.30-12.30 Photo ForumBring along old photographs of your ancestors or yourself. David Simkin, history of photography expert, may well be able to tell you more about them. David has worked on the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are"

12.00-12.45 Hove - A History on Film - A presentation of film clips focussing on Hove's rich history of early movie making.

13.35-13.55 Singing - A short performance from members of the U3A Singing Group

14.00-14.20 The Changing Face of Education - An illustrated talk with Sarah Tobias

14.30-15.30 Into Backstreet Hove...actually - A stroll into The Connaught's neighbourhood. A one hour guided walk with local historian, Geoffrey Mead

Displays and Competitions

The Connaught - An Architectural GemPhotographs of the architecture of the Connaught and other buildings designed by the architect Thomas Simpson (Brighton Society Event)

About Hove - Name this PlaceViewers are invite to match photos with a list of locations (a prize for the best entry) (Brighton Society and Hove Civic Society event)

Connaught Curiosities - Competition for the children. Prizes for locating obscure feautures of the Connaught Centre. (Brighton Society Event)

Brighton Society Stall - Local history books published by Brighton Books and Brighton Town Press with information on the historic JS Gray photographic project that includes many old photographs of Hove.

Brighton Society and The Connaught
The Connaught Centre
Brighton Society, which was recently successful in getting listed building grade II status for the building, will be exhibiting a collection of photographs which highlight why the building is special. Victorian buildings like this were very well built and with good maintenance and modernisation can be expected to give good service indefinitely; certainly for much longer than many modern replacements. Because of this there is a growing campaign throughout the country to get distinguished old school buildings renovated rather than demolished and the Society will be exhibiting photographs and press-cuttings to illustrate this campaign.

Brighton Society & Hove Civic Society
A further display entitled "About Hove - Name this Place" invites visitors to name the locations of 24 photos taken in Hove streets, some easy, some difficult. This is a joint event by Brighton Society & Hove Civic Society. Entry is free and the entrant identifying the greatest number of locations will win copies of "Hove & Portslade through Time" and "Britain in Old Photographs, Hove", both by Judy Middleton. Prize sponsored by Hove Civic Society.

Adult Education - Marvel at the changing nature of the Connaught's Adult Education Department through the many incarnations of our brochure!

Tasters and Demonstrations
11.00-13.00 Drawing the Furred the Feathered - Using items from the Booth Museum

11.30-13.00 Japanese Calligraphy - Learn to write your name in Japanese

12.00-14.30 Victorian Tiles - Decorative ceramic techniques to recreate traditional Victorian tile design

13.00-14.00 Language Tasters - Have a go at French, Italian, Russian or Spanish

13.00-15.00 Elements of Drawing - A drawing demonstration inspired by John Ruskin's 'Elements of Drawing'

13.00-15.00 The Connaught Archive - Bring your old photos, documents and personal memories relating to the Connaught building when it was a school or adult education centre, to our Archive Room. We can scan photos and record memories and if you wish, your memories can be uploaded onto a weblog.

Drop In All Day Tasters
Patchwork - Try your hand at crazy patchwork

Feltmaking - Drop in and make a patch to go into our 125th anniversary wall hang.

Victorian Household Hints - Come and see how to make home-made lemonade or try your hand at making a scented wardrobe freshener.

Card Reading and Crystals - Have your cards read and see what you can learn about Angel Card reading.

Hand Embroidery - Relax a while and take a moment to learn some simple embroidery stitches.

The Victorian Schools Experience
An opportunity for 'children' of all ages to experience a taste of Victorian schooling under the watchful eye of our experienced headmaster. You'd better be on your best behaviour!TimeEvent

11.00-12.00 Victorian Class (open to everyone, costumes for children)

12.00-12.30 Open classroom - ask questions about Victorian schooling.

13.00-13.30 Open classroom - ask questions about Victorian schooling.

13.20-14.30 Victorian class (open to everyone, costumes for children)

14.30-15.00 Talk and questions about Victorian schooling
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