Ruth-Anne Lenga

Programme Director

Ruth-Anne Lenga offers strategic leadership and management to the Centre and directs the innovative Masters module, The Holocaust in the Curriculum. This is the first of its kind in the UK and is rooted in the Centre's ground breaking research findings. She has helped to conceive and deliver the UCL Beacon School Programme in Holocaust Education and leads the Centre’s engagement with Holocaust survivors.

Ruth-Anne Lenga played a key role in establishing the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, shaping its direction and growth. She currently sits on its management board. She has held academic posts at the Institute of Education for over twenty years initiating programmes and partnerships in the UK and Israel. She lectures on Masters, PGCE, Bachelor of Education programmes and is external examiner for PhD candidates. Many of her former students have gone on to hold senior posts in schools, universities and government policy.

Her work in Holocaust education has been longstanding. She served extensively as Head of Education at the Jewish Museum London, overseeing many developments including the creation of a new Holocaust gallery. She has authored exhibitions and educational resources. Her expertise is sought by national and international organisations in Holocaust Education and interfaith work. She works closely with the Czech Scrolls Memorial Trust, Faith Matters, Facing History and Ourselves and The Shoah Foundation. She is currently advisor to the trustee board of The National Holocaust Centre.

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Activities and interests

Ruth-Anne wrote the Jewish Museum’s travelling exhibition Janusz Korczak Champion of the Child and has interviewed extensively one of the only surviving graduates of Korczak’s Warsaw Ghetto orphanage. She designs seminars for teachers based on Korczak’s philosophy on the rights of children and has presented at conferences on the subject.

Ruth-Anne's research also examines the impact on young people of hearing survivor testimony and the effect on the survivor. She is currently working with The National Holocaust Centre on a new innovation in testimony capture using interactive voice recognition technologies.

She is also interested in approaching spiritual, moral and ethical questions relating to the Holocaust with students. She works actively in the area of faith schooling, working with a number of Muslim and Jewish schools across England.

Her work with the late Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman has provided rare insights which are incorporated into many of the teaching resources produced by the Centre. She is currently creating a new teaching resource with Paul Salmons, Living with the Holocaust which explores the legacy of the Holocaust through an interactive virtual tour of Leon’s home.

Ruth-Anne recently presented at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) panel debate ‘Do we ask too much of survivors?’ She presented at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (RWBA) conference ‘Empowering Young People to Change the World’ in May 2014. She will also be chairing an event at the British Library in January 2015 featuring author John Boyne.


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