Museums and galleries encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27 January 2016, free guides and resources have been released to help cultural groups to organise events and activities. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the charity responsible for promoting HMD, hopes to encourage as many groups as possible to get involved, building on over 3,600 events which took place to mark HMD 2015.

Museums and galleries are ideally placed to commemorate HMD and as community-based organisations which regularly communicate powerful messages to the public, they are often able to use collections and expertise in learning and interpretation to engage and inspire local communities. A dedicated guide for Museums and Galleries is available HERE.

Free Activity Packs are now available to order from the HMD website, which includes advice on how to plan an event, a set of posters for display and information booklets about HMD.

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Guides are available to help you organise your own event

If you are considering staging an event, no matter how big or small, then visit the Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 website to order a copy of the Activity Pack, book a place at free workshops and find out more.

This year’s theme is Don’t stand by and museums are being asked to consider how they can encourage others to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD provides an opportunity for everybody to reflect on how best to apply these lessons to the present day to create a safer, better future.

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Museums and galleries are ideally placed to commemorate HMD

For more information about how your museum or heritage site can be involved in Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, please contact:

Joe Twilley: Communications Officer, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

t: 020 7785 7029

joe.twilley@hmd.org.uk

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