Over the last year HSFA has faced many challenges and changes, but through it all our mission ‘to tell global history through local stories’ has continued to guide our programmes and strategies as we emerge from the pandemic.
Our new Director Dr Alessandro Bucci is now in post and brings an exciting vision for the HSFA and our role within Holocaust education. We have recently welcomed Paula as our Digital Intern, made possible through our work with the Second World War and Holocaust Partnership. Paula will be working to use her artistic skills to share stories in new and innovative ways. Our long-standing team member, Hannah, has recently been appointed as Producer (Learning and Events) which will see her a take a lead on the learning programme and continue her work with the blog and our events programme. Hannah will also be developing our volunteering programme with lots of exciting roles coming up, if you would like to register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr Chelsea Sambells, as Head of Research since April 2021, is working hard to raise our national and international profile by developing projects with interdisciplinary researchers who are conducting ground-breaking research in Holocaust and Genocide studies.
We have now been open for one month, albeit on reduced hours of just one day a week, but we are looking forward to reopening on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the 28th July. We are still asking visitors to book free tickets on Eventbrite, as this means that we can ensure social distancing measures. We are hoping to open even further in the Autumn, in line with government guidelines. We have an exciting digital events programme for the new academic term lined up too! Stay tuned!
Despite lockdown restrictions, our priority has been to continue providing support to our survivor community. Our Head of Collections, Dr Tracy Craggs, has been a lifeline to many survivors by helping with shopping and attending appointments, and in traditional Tracy style with a laugh and some company. Now that the vaccination programme is well underway, we are able to extend our support further and hope to restart our activity programme, once it is safe to do so.
We proudly continue to collaborate with seven other heritage partners in the Second World War and Holocaust Partnership to create awareness around WW2 and Holocaust narratives around the UK. As part of the wider goals of the partnership, we will collaborate with artist Benny Nemer, as we begin to explore approaches based around the idea of artistic responses to Holocaust collections and narratives. Benny, assisted by Paula, will develop a set of audio guides for the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre over the coming year.
Our collaboration with the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership continues and, in June, we hosted colleagues the Wiener Holocaust Library and Royal Holloway, University of London, as they offered local Huddersfield teachers and students two workshops on our temporary exhibition, the Death Marches. There are even more compelling events with expert panels on the Death Marches continuing into July, which you can join.
Finally, the University of Huddersfield continues to be our cherished partner and we are delighted to contribute to their new MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies this autumn. The course is co-taught by scholars from the History and Literature divisions and our on-campus collaboration represents a unique opportunity for students to study the Holocaust in conjunction with archival and exhibition practice. We are extremely excited to welcome students this autumn!
Our collection continues to grow, with donations from people across the North. With over 80 collections from local Holocaust survivors, we are also currently recruiting an archivist to help us manage and preserve these important document. Soon we will share some of our latest donations with you on social media, so keep your eyes peeled!
We look forward to seeing you soon and remind you that we are a charity, so all donations are very welcome. You can donate on our JustGiving page.
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