I'm working with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the only UK museum solely dedicated to preserving and commemorating the story of the Holocaust, as their National Lottery Heritage Fund Activity Planning consultant. I'm one of a team of specialists working with the museum on its Stage 2 NLHF bid due to be submitted early in 2022.
In some ways this is the perfect project for me. In 15 years as a museum consultant I've written more Activity Plans than I care to remember and I've worked with the subject of the Holocaust pretty much consistently since 2009, including a three-year stint as curator and director of the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Centre in Huddersfield. I have always been drawn to subjects that are perceived as 'difficult' or sensitive, in this case not just because the stories are devastating but because there is so much political resonance for the present. I'll be able to bring the knowledge and insight from that previous work to the National Holocaust Centre, working with them to engage new audiences with their important work and create new opportunities for participation, both on site from its base at Laxton, Nottinghamshire, and online. I'll be working with my long term collaborator Dr Tracy Craggs, an oral historian with specific expertise in Second World War and Holocaust interviewing, to deliver the project.