The Jewish Battalions at Crownhill Fort, our latest audio

 

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Our latest audio is a little hidden and out of the way, it is part of Devon Remembers, a series of events celebrating the centenary of the first World War. ripple have created an audio to accompany a small exhibition that’s on view in the Guards Room [to the right of the door above] at Crownhill Fort on the outskirts of Plymouth.

On the 23rd August 1917 there was an official announcement from Lord Balfour, the Foreign Secretary, for the formation of a new regiment, eventually made up of four battalions, the 38th to the 42nd; the unofficial name – the Jewish Legion and there was a camp located on the outskirts of Plymouth, at Crownhill Fort.

Lieutenant Colonel James Patterson was asked by the war office to organise a Jewish Legion and become the Commanding Officer.  He believed that raising a Jewish legion should mean they would be catered for in a Jewish way “for the only way to make good Jewish soldiers of the men was by first of all treating them as good Jews;” [Patterson, page 39]. Through his insistence the battalions were able to take the Sabbath off to go to synagogue and provision for Kosher food was made. 

Having worked with the synagogue on their cemetery audio trail we created a different audio, a patchwork of sounds and stories that we found from the archive and various books.

One of these stories was about Morris Smith [most probably changed from Schmidt] who was stationed at Crownhill and sent to Egypt and Palestine. Wounded in action he returned to Plymouth to recover in the military hospital and once recovered decided to make the city his home and he relocated his whole family from London. Sadly Morris left Plymouth after the 1941 WW2 Plymouth blitz tragically claimed his mother and sister’s lives, they were the first victims and their double gravestone can be found at the Gifford Place Jewish Cemetery, Plymouth. Morris moved the remaining family to Exeter where the Exeter blitz forced them to move again, to North Devon.

His story and that of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and David Ben Gurion who were both stationed at Crownhill Fort in 1918 and who were instrumental in the history and establishment of a Jewish State, [Ben-Gurion, who loved Crownhill Fort so much, became the first Prime Minister of Israel] play a part in our audio.

Crownhill Fort Open Days 

Friday 21st August & Friday 28th September at 12-4pm. Friday 26th October Time TBC as this is part of the Museums at Night event.

We used these books for reference

Susser, Bernard (1993) The Jews of South-West England: the rise and decline of their medieval and modern communities. The Exeter University Press:Exeter

Fry, Helen (2915) The Jews of Plymouth Halsgrove: Somerset

Ben-Gurion, David (1968) Letters to Paula, Valentine Mitchell & Co: London 

Lawer, Diana (2007) Get Your Skates On, Three Towns Publishing: Plymouth

Patterson, John Henry (1922?) With the Judæans in the Palestine Campaign, Hutchinson & Co : London http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41848/41848-h/41848-h.htm

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Cemetery opening times

Our Cemetery Audio Trail is, once more, part of the 2018 Plymouth History Festival, the first is this weekend, on Sunday 6th May. See below for more information

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OLD JEWISH CEMETERY AUDIO TOUR
Sunday 6 and Sunday 27 May
Tours start at 11am and run every 15 minutes until 4pm / Last entries at 3pm
Tours last for one hour
Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: the Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door.

With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery, bringing to life the lives of those buried there. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.

Please wear sensible footwear. MP3’s and head phones will be available on the day but please feel free to bring your own head phones and/or your own smart phone.

The audio trail will also be running in the Synagogue Vestry with tea/coffee and seating on Tuesday 15 May at 2pm for anyone who is unable to make it to the Hoe or would like to listen to it in comfort.
Donations welcome / Booking essential / phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk / 07753 267616

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Hidden Stories: Hidden Places film

Here is a film about our Hidden Stories: Hidden Places project, created by Theo Moye, with original music by Helen Porter

Hidden Stories: Hidden Places was Created & Voiced by Derek Frood and Ruth Mitchell; additional voices by Kirsty Cox and David Prescott; sound design by Stage Technical Services and Produced by Fiona Fraser Smith.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council’s Small Grants scheme and Feast Cornwall, a programme that makes great art happen across Cornwall.

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This weeks ripple events

 

We are part of the Heritage Open Days and the Jewish Heritage Days starting this week

Thursday 7 September Plymouth Cemetery Audio Trail.

2pm. Listen to the audios in the synagogue vestry and then take a walk up to the cemetery to see the graves. Free event but booking advised for numbers. Contact Jerry Sibley 07753 267616 or 01752 263162

Thursday 7th September Phonic FM Exeter

6-8pm. I will be appearing on Phonic FM’s first Culture Club talking about our Exeter audio trail. Listen live on Phonic FM: 106.8FM in Exeter; phonic.fmworldwide. Listen again at www.mixcloud.com/phoniccr.

Sunday 9th September Exeter Audio Trail

Synagogue open 11-3 have a tour of the synagogue and listen to our audios with your refreshments. There will also be a film running to illustrate one of our stories.

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Presentation

12.30pm. Derek and I will be talking at the Falmouth Poly about how we unearthed stories from the Plymouth cemetery and how they turned into a project called Hidden Stories: Hidden Places. Places are free but we are asking people to sign up here http://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/491/hidden-stories-hidden-places

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Audio Trail

2-4pm in the Ponsharden Cemetery our audio trail will be part of a talk and walk in both the Jewish cemetery and it’s neighbour, the Dissenter’s burial ground. Derek and I will be there in person to hand out the headphones.

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Presentation in the Falmouth Poly

 

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Hidden Stories: Hidden Places is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council’s small grants scheme and FEAST, a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall.

FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life.

For the link to book your place at the Falmouth Poly see below

http://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/491/hidden-stories-hidden-places

http://www.dissenters.moonfruit.com/open-day/4587242113

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/exeter-synagogue2

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Film maker wanted

ripple theatre co are offering a unique opportunity for a film student or emerging film maker who would perhaps be interested in collaborating with us to create a short documentary film.
We are currently in the Research and Development stage of our current project Hidden Stories: Hidden Places. In 2017 we were commissioned to create an audio trail of the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe for The Plymouth Synagogue. This was included in the 2016 Plymouth History Festival and repeated in September for the Plymouth Art Weekender. Due to the success of this project we secured funding from Feast, Exeter City Council and Arts Council England to expand our project to include Exeter Jewish Cemetery and The Falmouth Jewish Cemetery and Dissenters Burying Ground.
We are now in the process of writing and recording the audios, editing for which will be completed in August. We have some strict deadlines we must adhere to for which you must be confident you can too. We are holding two public events at the Exeter & Falmouth sites in September of this year which we require to be filmed. Also, for you to conduct any relevant filming/interviews in connection to our work. Our intention is to create a small documentary style film that we can use in our report to the Arts Council and which can also be used to support an application for the next stage of our project. We anticipate film will play a more integral role in the next stage and there is potential for the successful applicant to be a collaborator with us.
If interested you can contact us in the first instance via our Contact page. Please give details about yourself, including contact details and links to any relevant examples of your work.
There is a fee available for this initial opportunity.

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Exeter Respect and final Cemetery Audio

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This weekend [3/4 June] we will be hosting a stall at the Exeter Respect Festival in the community area. You can find out all about our current project Hidden Stories: Hidden Places, an artist led project working with Exeter’s Hebrew Congregation and their Family History Society to research stories gathered from the families buried in the old Jewish cemetery off Magdalen Street. Ruth will  be on the stall on Saturday and our producer Fiona will be there Sunday, whilst on the same day Derek will be opening the cemetery door in Plymouth for the last time within the Plymouth History Festival. If you’ve been meaning to come along and listen to our audio trail, its your last chance between 11-3pm this Sunday.

Hidden Stories: Hidden Places, Exeter is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through Exeter City Council small grants scheme.

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If you can’t make either but want to be kept informed of the project, dates we will be sharing work and audios, then email us at rippletheatreco@gmail.com or contact us via our ‘contact‘ page and we will add you to our newsletter.

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Plymouth History Festival

 

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OLD JEWISH CEMETERY AUDIO TRAIL
The Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 May and 4 June, 11am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Tours take place at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour

Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. Funded by Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, recorded with Stage Technical Services and hosted by the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery by Ruth Mitchell and Derek Frood. It brings to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.

Bring your smart phone and headphones or use the MP3 players that will be available on the day. Please note: The Cemetery includes entry and exit steps with uneven terrain throughout and therefore is not suitable for those with limited mobility. For those unable to attend the Cemetery, an opportunity to hear the audio trail at the Synagogue Vestry is available on Tuesday 23 May.

Free / Donations very welcome / Booking essential due to limited spaces via 07753 267616 or phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk

https://historyfestival2017.wordpress.com/guidedwalks-and-tours/

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The Cemetery Audio Trail

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Plymouth Art Weekender

PLYMOUTH ART WEEKENDER: AUDIO TRAIL

IN THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY, LAMBHAY HILL, PLYMOUTH HOE

Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door.
Earlier this year that door was opened and for the first time in its history the general public were given the opportunity to step over the threshold. A few months later, with the aid of funding from Vital Sparks, an audio trail is being created in the garden cemetery, bringing to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem.
In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.

Open for one hour
Friday 23rd September at 11am
Saturday 24th September at 2pm
&Sunday 25th September at 2pm
Recorded with StS, Stage technical Services http://www.stagetechservices.co.uk
Plymouth Hebrew Congregation http://plymouthsynagogue.com

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