Today marks the Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). To honour this day, the University has partnered with the Anne Frank Trust UK to bring a public exhibition to the Hive library. Since the Anne Frank story is such an inspirational and heartbreaking story, I feel very privileged to write a blog about it. Here’s my experience of seeing the Anne Frank Exhibition at the Hive.
The Holocaust Memorial Day is an important date in our world history and the horrors of the Holocaust should never be forgotten. We’ve been very lucky as a University (and Worcestershire as a whole) to have the Anne Frank Trust UK bring their exhibition to this area for the very first time. The exhibition at the Hive is called “Anne Frank: A History For Today” and will be open to the public from 19th – 31st January.
If you do not know much about the Holocaust or the story of Anne Frank, I would highly suggest visiting the exhibition. As a student ambassador, I have been working at the Hive carrying out guided tours for the exhibition to schools and the general public. It’s had an amazing response already!
We do have many schools booked in for guided tours, however, it is open to the general public also. The schools have loved coming to the exhibition – we have had some great responses and a lot of new information shared amongst the groups. It’s been amazing to be a part of educating these school children about Anne’s story and the events of the Holocaust.
I believe it is such an important story to talk about and having the privilege of presenting it to children has been a great experience! We do have to be very sensitive with how we talk about the story itself. There are many photographs and parts of the story that can be too much for young children.
However, it doesn’t take away from the tribute we have for Anne Frank as this year would have been her 90th birthday! We learn that her friend, ‘Hanne‘, who experienced the Holocaust with her, still lives today at the age of 91 years old! As well as learning about World War II, the panel exhibition also looks into what we can learn from war today.
If you have the chance to visit the exhibition, I would highly recommend it! It is definitely worth seeing and is full of original photographs that were taken by Otto Frank (Anne’s father) and other members throughout this part of history.
To find out more about events at the Hive, visit the Hive “What’s On” pages on their website.