see urlsee Mission: Since 1972 QueenSpark Books has been dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories. We do this through publishing oral histories or creative responses to local history, via books, e-books, exhibitions, events, websites and other projects.
go to link Freelance staff: claim in writing John Riches (Development Director) who has 20 years experience in leading large-scale projects for award-winning community arts companies and national organisations. Since 2004 he has overseen the rejuvenation in QueenSpark’s programme, concentrating on the strategic development of the company’s profile and output, and leading new project ideas and publications.
go herecreative writing bannerNicola Benge (Administrator) who is the Creative Director of the arts and heritage organisation, Strike a Light. She has worked on many creative heritage projects for organisations such as English Heritage, WRVS, Age Exchange, and Creative Partnerships.
go site Catherine Geeson – who keeps the finances in order!
QueenSpark is a partner of the University of Brighton. We contribute ideas and content to a number of courses and work on joint projects; we gratefully acknowledge the support – in office space and facilities – offered by the University.
Royal Pavilion, Museums & Librariesgo to link QueenSpark has collaborated with staff from the Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries, Brighton & Hove on many projects over the years, and we continue to value their advice and support.
We would also like to thank them for allowing us to reproduce photographs in our books, calendars, and on the website.
University of Sussex
QueenSpark has a long-standing association with the University of Sussex, particularly its Centre for Life History Research and the Mass Observation Archive.
source Patron: Dorothy Sheridan Dorothy first became involved with QueenSpark Books in its early years, and was a member of its management committee from 1996 to 2010.
Dorothy past experience was with the research organisation, Mass Observation at the University of Sussex as it’s first archivist. She has also designed and directed the national everyday writing project and has taught and lectured nationally and internationally; her special interests are women’s diaries and life story research.
Dorothy received an MBE in 1991and an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2007; is a Fellow and Honorary Professor at the University Sussex and a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton. She is now retired but continues to write and research. She is a Trustee of the MO Archive and a Trustee of the National Life Story at the British Library.
help writing college research paper Patron: Margretta Jolly
Academic and oral historian, Margaretta first discovered QueenSpark Books in the 1990s and has been a fan ever since.
Her own Sussex roots have drawn her to many of the deep stories of class, community and queer history that QueenSpark uncovers in its unique publications. As a scholar and oral historian, she also values its creative publications in life narrative.
Margaretta is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research which has worked with QueenSpark Books in university-community events over the last 15 years.
Opportunities and activities with QueenSpark Books
We often have projects and events taking place at QueenSpark Books which offer opportunities, support and training for new volunteers in a variety of areas, collecting and preserving Brighton and Hove’s history.
Here is one example of what volunteers can be involved with: QueenSpark volunteers interviewed the fascinating clientele attracted to the Pavilion Gardens Café. Over subsequent months more volunteers wrote up these interviews and some featured in our book Teatime Tales, alongside memories and photographs from the Sewell Family who have owned and run The Café since the 1930s.