The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH US.
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum near Laxton in North Nottinghamshire welcomes you to visit during the school holidays. Please check our website for opening hours, admission costs and directions to the Centre. www.nationalholocaustcentre.net 
The Centre provides a thoughtful and appropriate insight of the Holocaust for families with children aged 8 upwards. The tour starts with ‘The Journey’ an interactive tour with Leo, a school boy of the time telling his story as he joins the kindertransport. You can explore the life of Leo as you walk through his home, school and train journey. Also spare time to reflect in the memorial gardens and coffee shop. 
At the Centre we welcome over 25,000 school children and members of the public every year. The Centre is very fortunate to have Survivors sharing their testimonies on a regular basis during term time.  

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is the UK’s first Centre dedicated to the remembrance of victims of the Holocaust and to Holocaust education. As well as being a place of memorial, the Centre serves as an educational resource with the aim of teaching future generations about the causes and consequences of genocide. www.nationalholocaustcentre.net 

Interactive Survivor testimony project
Every week UK Holocaust survivors share their vital, and moving, testimonies with children in venues throughout the country.  However, each year survivors with unique stories pass away. The value and impact of their personal conversations with children and adults is in critical danger of being lost.

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum’s project will use advanced digital technologies that will enable children and adults of the future not only to hear and see a survivor giving their story, but to ask that survivor questions and hear them giving their answers.  Recreating the experience schoolchildren currently have at the Centre (listening to and interacting with a survivor in the Centre’s Memorial Hall), the project will protect an experience which makes a vital contribution to children’s educational understanding of the events of the Holocaust and their connection to it. 
Achieving this will respond to an urgent need to continue the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust from people who survived and settled in the UK. It will also provide a new and inspiring way to interact with primary testimony at the Centre.

The project is being delivered with the Centre by UK creative design consultancy Bright White Ltd (www.brightwhiteltd.co.uk), a company that has delivered a range of high quality digital heritage projects both in the UK and elsewhere.  Professor Eunice Ma, Associate Dean (international) and Professor of Digital Media and Games at the University of Huddersfield, is also contributing research work to support the project’s development.
The UK team are working in collaboration with the US-based specialists USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT), and design consultancy Conscience Display.    

The project will employ technologies developed at ICT to support interactions between ‘real’ people and people digitally captured on film.  The collaboration with the Shoah Foundation and Conscience Display will ensure that the UK project contributes to global learning, and that it will connect with the US Foundation’s ‘New Dimensions in Testimony’ project, which is pushing forward interactive film in the US.

The project has attracted attention and support from a variety of national institutions and Foundations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the R&D Digital Fund for the Arts, the Pears Foundation and the Association for Jewish Refugees. Further funding will be needed to complete the process for further survivors, and to deliver the large final installation required at the Centre.


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