“The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education would like to congratulate Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects for being selected as the winning design team to develop the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. This is a hugely significant and prestigious enterprise which has the potential both to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to educate future generations. We look forward to working with the Foundation and Sir David Adjaye’s design team to help ensure the Memorial and Learning Centre is informed by the Centre’s latest research and pedagogical expertise.
We welcome this announcement as the next stage in making the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre a reality. Realising this highly ambitious project, with its broad range of aims, will be challenging. However, the need for a reflexive space which poses questions rather than offers simple answers is particularly salient in the context of rising antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice.”
Professor Stuart Foster, Executive Director, UCL Centre for Holocaust Education
About the project:
Located next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the new UK Holocaust Memorial will honour the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, and all other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, gay and disabled people.
Its co-located Learning Centre will contextualise the Memorial and use the stories and facts of the Holocaust to explore anti-Semitism, extremism, Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society today. From its location next to Parliament, it will ask questions about the role of society and its institutions in encouraging respect for others and standing up against hatred in the modern world.
The work to create a new UK Memorial and Learning Centre is led by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, a project with cross-party support that is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, set up to deliver the recommendations of the cross-party Holocaust Commission, including the creation of a new National Memorial and Learning Centre. (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-holocaust-memorial-foundation)
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