Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January each year and more than 5,500 events take place around the country on or around this date. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) offers museums and galleries an opportunity to spark interest and to inspire creativity through your collections, to challenge discrimination and promote a positive activity for the whole community. By organising an HMD display or workshop, you can bring a meaningful experience to your visitors and school groups, and engage new audiences.
Each year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme to enable audiences on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) to learn something new about the past, and to make it easier for HMD activity organisers to create fresh and engaging activities. Next year’s theme is The Power of Words. This theme explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. HMD activities can focus on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.
For further information on how to get your museum involved, please visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, or have a look through the resources below.
Alternatively, you can attend the workshop hosted by the HMDT in Exeter, on the 18th of October. The workshop will, among others, offer the opportunity to meet the staff team and your Regional Support Worker, and hear about the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day in the South West. You can secure a place here.