Meet Our Producer
Since I first started working at the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre in 2018, I have had so many amazing experiences that have allowed me to follow my passions: teaching and history. When I became Producer (Learning and Events) earlier this year, I was so excited to start this new role and expand on the work that I have been doing.
In 2018, I graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA Hons in Primary Education with a First. Holocaust education has always been important to me, as has inclusive education that promotes anti-racism and acceptance. In 2021, I completed my MA in Education which focused on Extremism and Cohesion in British schools (I am still nervously awaiting my results…). This has further helped me to develop my understanding of teacher’s critical roles in monitoring preventing extremism, prejudice and discrimination in schools today. Whilst writing my thesis, I discovered that although the Prevent Agenda (the government programme for preventing radicalisation and extremism) is a statutory requirement for teachers, the training and understanding surrounding it is not acceptable. Therefore, through my work at the Centre I want to help improve this to be able to help teachers protect our young people from radicalisation, as well as wider society.
In my role as Producer, my focus is to ensure that we are able to deliver top-quality and engaging Holocaust education to as many students across the North of England as we are able. Working with teachers is also important to me as a teacher myself; I want to help them improve both their knowledge and understanding, while working in partnership to improve our own offer through our Teacher Advisory Panel and other means. I have also developed a mentorship package for University of Huddersfield teaching students to work alongside us to learn best practice for teaching outside the classroom, such as when on a school trip to a museum like ours! Working with the survivors to continue their legacy and share their stories with the next generation is also a privilege.
I recently launched my first event series entitled ‘Changing Perspectives’ which will focus on issues surrounding education, extremism, anti-racist education and hate crime. For the first event I am honoured to be joined by Sylvia Lancaster OBE and Nazir Afzal OBE in ‘Hate Crime in the North: Sophie’s Legacy’, which considers how the brutal murder of Sophie Lancaster changed how hate crimes were seen politically and socially. The series will also include talks on the future of Holocaust education, the Prevent Agenda and the far-right. I think this event series is critical because these issues affect today’s society while echoing aspects of historic cultures that led to the Holocaust and other genocides becoming possible. These events are aimed at everyone, but I think it is especially important that teachers are informed on these issues. Teachers have the unique ability to pass on their knowledge and understanding to the next generation, and hopefully there will be less intolerance, prejudice and discrimination in the future.
Hannah Randall – 5/10/21