Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The National Holocaust Centre & Museum, Acre Edge Road, Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 0PA

Contact: 01623 836627



The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is so much more than a museum. It’s a vibrant memorial, a place of testimony and a Centre of learning for communities of all faiths, and none, across the UK.

Since the Centre was established in 1995 it remains the first and only place of its kind in the UK dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and education. Based on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest the surrounding countryside provides a peaceful setting and the Centre itself is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped Memorial Garden. The scent and sight of more than 1,200 white roses in full bloom stands as a poignant living commemoration of the Holocaust. Each individual rose carries a precious reminder, and together they make a powerful statement.

The Children’s Memorial, dedicated to all of the young people murdered in the Holocaust, is being built slowly over time. Visitors are invited to select a stone from the trough and place it on the memorial, in tribute to one of the 1.5 million individual children who died. The garden is a unique space of healing, reflection and contemplation for all to share.

The Museum is accredited by the Arts Council, and features a permanent exhibition suitable for adults and children 12 years and older, as well as an age-appropriate interactive exhibition for younger children. Both exhibition areas are infused with survivor’s testimony and artefacts, providing a human and personal perspective on pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of National Socialism, the Holocaust survival and post-war justice. The Journey, Europe’s first and only Holocaust exhibit aimed specifically at primary school children follows the story of Leo, a fictional German-Jewish boy living in 1938 Berlin. His story unfolds in a series of rooms, which not only detail his experiences but also the historical events that characterised the Nazi domination of Europe and that of children who lived during the Holocaust and survived.

What makes a visit particularly unique is the opportunity to meet a survivor of the Holocaust and to hear their story. The Centre is privileged to host survivors on a daily basis during term-time, and most Sunday’s during summer, all of whom share their experiences with visitors and answer questions from young and old alike. They have made the National Holocaust Centre and Museum what it is today by their strength and commitment.

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Introduction to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum – Making our Journey 

Educational Outreach Programme designed for Year 5 and 6 Primary school children 

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

With over 20 years’ experience delivering curriculum relevant educational programmes, the National Holocaust Centre enables students from KS3 to 5 to learn about the roots of discrimination and prejudice and to explore the true values of respect; acceptance and tolerance.

Secondary school students may be guided or self-guided but all will have the unique opportunity to engage with, listen to and question a Survivor about their experiences. Visits can be enhanced with themed workshops or activities and programmes may be tailored to an array of subjects; including Art, History, RE and English. FREE educational support packs are provided for all pupils.

Promising a ‘seriously’ fun day out, students will develop their historical knowledge, advance their understanding of respecting themselves and others, cultivate the skills of critical and independent thought and consider different responses to isolation or prejudice within their own communities.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Most visits will include an Introduction from an Educator, time in the main exhibition (secondary school groups) or The Journey exhibition (primary school groups) [A largely text free exhibition, this is a tactile learning gallery which allows visitors to engage by viewing artefacts, handling objects and listening to oral testimony] and a chance to listen to a survivor speaker.

We offer a range of curriculum relevant programmes, and visits can be enhanced with themed workshops or activities tailored to an array of subjects; including Art, History, RE and English. FREE educational support packs are provided for all pupils.

If you have any students with SEN please inform us in advance and we will ensure the programme is tailored to their needs.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Generally speaking we can welcome up to 200 secondary students or [100] primary students. Please contact us if you would like to discuss bringing a larger group size.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

The Centre offers specific learning programmes including Art, English, History and RE at KS3-5. However we also offer subject specific work booklets for other subject areas, which can be downloaded to support a visit to the Centre or used as an educational resource in the classroom.

A variety of resources are available free of charge for teachers and pupils including pre-visit lesson plans and worksheets for the pupils to use during their visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Outside of the two permanent exhibitions (The Holocaust Exhibition and The Journey), within the grounds of the NHCM, hand-held cameras, including those with a flash, may be used for private, non-commercial purposes unless otherwise stated.

All photography within the two exhibitions is prohibited without prior permission from the NHCM. Applications to photograph artefacts, and/or within the exhibitions, must include the context in which the images will be used, the object you wish to photograph

(if applicable), the exhibition(s) you wish to photograph, and applications must be submitted at least 5 weeks in advance. The NHCM is not obligated to grant permission, applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and a fee may apply.

Images of the Journey Exhibition are available on request to visiting school parties, these images must be used in accordance with the NHCM Images Terms and Conditions of Use. The NHCM is not obligated to supply these images.

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What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We provide a risk assessment as standard and this is sent out with every booking enquiry. Teachers are welcome to come for a pre-visit assessment and this can be arranged anytime during opening hours Sunday to Friday.

Does your venue have an education officer?

James Griffiths has been our Director of Learning since 2013. His deputy is Louise Stafford and she is supported by a team of 7 Educators plus a number of volunteers.

Contact should be via the Bookings team in the first instance – or ring 01623 836627.

What is the cost of the visit?

This is very important to teachers. Feel free to put a few examples if costs vary or put an average cost. Are there any group discounts? Do any supervising adults go free?

Cost is £7 per student based on 25+ pupils. If your group is smaller a minimum charge of £175 will be applied.

Teachers and accompanying adults are free in a ration of 1:10 students, additional adults are charged at £7 each.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

There are at least 3 qualified first aiders on site any one time.

Please list facilities available.

Depending on the age and size of your group you will be able to have lunch in a classroom or the Coffee Shop.

Coffee Shop

Situated within the grounds of our beautiful memorial gardens the coffee shop is a perfect place to take a break, relax and reflect on your visit. We endeavor to provide gluten and dairy free alternatives and vegetarian options. We currently offer a small selection of snacks, cakes and confectionary and lunch in the form of soup and sandwiches. We also carry a wide selection of hot beverages. We do not have a Kosher restaurant.

Museum shop

The shop has a comprehensive range of books relating to the Holocaust and other genocides. Exclusive to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum are Journeys and Survival which contain the personal testimonies of our Holocaust survivors. The shop also stocks small gifts for purchase.

What are your disabled facilities?

Toilet facilities include accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. We have separate toilets for younger children which can also be accessed.

Physical access

The museum is all on one level with no steps or ramps. Disabled parking is available opposite the main entrance to the museum. We offer as much as we can in the shape of physical access however we are limited because the building is a Victorian farmhouse.

We have audio description available in the Journey. Some films are subtitled and we have an in-house T-loop hearing system in place.

Lift services are available to the Journey exhibition and the learning classrooms for younger children. You will find a stair-lift in place to assist you to the basement level of the building to access the Holocaust exhibition.

What are your opening days and hours?

Sun - Fri 10:00 - 16:30 (Last admission 15:30)

Saturday - Closed

Bank holidays - Closed

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“Absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring. An amazing opportunity for our children.” Ms Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, Saint Lawrence Church of England Primary School

“Super engagement of the children, they were inspired!” Imogen Murphy, Head of Year, Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy

“Students were engaged and responsive. They found the Survivor testimony excellent. Louise (Education Lead) is an absolutely outstanding asset. She worked so hard to enrich the learning of the students and responded brilliantly to questions.”

Sarah Allison, Acting Head of Religious Studies, Ashville College

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Visits to the museum have often been cited by Ofsted as advantageous to learning.

William Gladstone CofE Primary School

Pupils are able to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding effectively. Trips to the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the local synagogue enable pupils to develop their understanding of other religions and cultures. 

Webster Primary School

Your rich curriculum, including the ample opportunities for art and music, gives everyone a chance to excel. Your work on different faiths gives pupils a wide perspective on diversity in the community and beyond. Your official partnership with a national museum enables older children to find out about the impact of hatred towards different groups on the basis of colour, culture or religion. You meet any racial intolerance head-on. Pupils leave your academy well prepared to succeed as learners but also as valuable citizens in modern Britain.


Wynndale Primary School

Teachers bring learning to life by giving pupils opportunities to, for example, visit the local Holocaust Centre, so that pupils can understand the experience of Jewish children and their parents during the second world war. 

Age of Children / Pupils: 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English History PSHE Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December