Overview

Alongside the opening of new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries in 2021, IWM’s Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP) will support eight cultural heritage partners across the UK to engage with new audiences and share hidden or lesser-known, local stories related to these histories.

Over the next three years, the SWWHPP will establish a Digital Internship, support skills development in Partner organisations and facilitate loans of IWM’s rich collection across the UK in support of digital and community-based events co-produced with local people and creative artists.

  • Tyne and Wear  Archives and  Museums
    © Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    Our project will prompt local communities to share stories of their female relatives’ and BAMER (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee) experiences of the Second World War to expand understanding of people’s experiences on Tyneside. We will be digitising large amounts of material in our museum collection which will be available to people exploring their family history.

  • The National  Holocaust  Centre and  Museum
    © The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

    The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

    NHCM communicates the memory of the Holocaust for a contemporary purpose: to cultivate ‘Upstanders’ against hate and persecution. Our project will develop a responsive dialogue between the Centre and ‘under-heard’ audiences which draws on disruptive and engaging narratives to consider new and challenging perspectives. A critical theme will be our responsibility to how we listen and use testimony. Our focus will be on the co-creation of innovative and powerful experiences through ‘The Listening Project’.

  • Manchester  Jewish  Museum
    © Manchester Jewish Museum

    Manchester Jewish Museum

    Our project will uncover lesser-known stories from the Holocaust, working with our young Creative Activists group who will connect with diverse local communities to share lessons learned from these stories to help make a positive difference in the world. We will be exploring how performative and artistic responses to the commemoration of the Holocaust can lead to deeper engagement and understanding as well as changing behaviours and attitudes.

  • Centre for the  Movement of  People at  Aberystwyth  University
    © Brian Pinsent 1939

    Centre for the Movement of People at Aberystwyth University

    As part of SWWHPP, the Centre for the Movement of People at Aberystwyth University will explore the stories of refugees from National Socialism who fled to this area in a project called 'Refugees from National Socialism in Wales'. Led by Dr Andrea Hammel the project will engage with community groups to explore lessons for today's society and learn more about the experiences of refugees past and present in Wales.

  • Cornwall Museums Partnership
    © Museum of Cornish Life

    Cornwall Museums Partnership

    The Museum of Cornish Life at Helston and Bodmin Keep Army Museum are working together to explore diverse aspects of life in the County during the Second World War and to connect these stories to what’s happening in people’s lives today. The project will involve local residents in both towns and the rural community, families, and people living in a care setting.

     

    Find out more: Bodmin Keep Army Museum >

     

    Find out more: Museum of Cornish Life >

  • National  Museums NI
    © National Museums NI

    National Museums NI

    In Northern Ireland the stories of the Second World War are relatively hidden in comparison with those of the First World War. Working with a network of partners and communities, National Museums NI will use this project to give a platform - through both online and offline resources - to hidden stories and collections relating to Second World War heritage in Northern Ireland.

  • Holocaust  Survivors’  Friendship  Association
    © Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association

    Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association

    HSFA will work with local communities to create digital interactive art that reflects on the lived experiences of Holocaust survivors and their families in the North of England. We will explore their present lives and attempt to reflect on the personal impact of COVID-19 and explore connections with forms of marginalisation.

  • Young visitors to The Scottish Fisheries Museum
    Industrial Museums Scotland

    Industrial Museums Scotland

    Working in partnership with our members in Fife and Dumfries & Galloway at the Scottish Fisheries Museum and the Devil’s Porridge Museum, our project will work with communities to identify themes and stories relating to the Second World War.

    Though the venues are separate by hundreds of miles, both communities have common themes, including women’s work and the importance of the coast.

    Find out more about the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

    Discover more about Devil’s Porridge.

Discover more about IWM Partnerships at the Partnerships Blog.

Digital Internships

Each SWWHPP Partner is recruiting a paid Digital Intern to support the development of digital resources and activities, co-produced with local people and creative artists, which explore local stories related to the Second World War and Holocaust.

Interns will build knowledge of museums and the cultural sector, while gaining real life experience in a creative environment. Training will be provided on how museums work and the role of digital in the cultural sector, as well opportunities to learn from sector leading staff across the Partnership.

Logos in English and Welsh for the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

 

The SWWHPP is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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