The National Holocaust Centre & Museum Nottinghamshire
The National Holocaust Centre & Museum Acre Edge Road, Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0PA
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
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.
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.