“We would like to thank you both for the tour around Windermere Library and around Lakes School. The fact that it was free was amazing! And we appreciated that you took time out of your busy day. There were just so many memorable moments I cannot choose!”
Furness Academy Student.
Produced and managed by Another Space, an education charity based in Cumbria, the LDHP has progressed enormously since it began in 2005. The project has evolved to provide a hugely important and significant contribution to the historical and cultural sphere in the Lake District and especially in the field of Holocaust education. Its work in Cumbria, northwest England and nationally is unique. It holds a comprehensive archive of documents, photographs and oral history testimonies that tell both the story of the arrival of the Jewish children and also of the community who welcomed them.
It is uniquely successful in ensuring that the teaching of the Holocaust remains relevant to people young and old, be they in schools, community centres, social spaces or visitors to the Lake District. The work of the LDHP seeks to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are taught at the heart of the community and applies the lessons to everyday situations.
“I took away with me the story and the conditions everyone went through.”
It develops projects locally, nationally and internationally that focus on tolerance, inclusion and understanding between individuals and cultures.
The Lake District Holocaust Project organises visits for primary and secondary schools to the exhibition in Windermere Library and to the former site of the Calgarth Estate where the children arrived in 1945 and have run a variety of workshops with direct reference to the child Holocaust survivors’ story.
“I felt very emotional and sad and I am very glad for those who have succeeded in their lives even though they didn’t go to school.”
The Project frequently receives requests, not only from schools, but also from national and international University Research students.
“I am writing to inform you how grateful I am for you providing such an experience in Windermere. The best part was actually the whole thing. I learned loads! Honestly it was the best trip by far. I personally think that everyone should go on it no matter what age….”
Furness Academy Student
Holocaust Survivor Visits and Workshops at Schools.
Important links with the child Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation are expanded to offer a vital, inspirational and ongoing success story of how a group of young people triumphed over unimaginable adversity.
Crucially, between 2006 and 2018 over 5000 children have heard a Holocaust Survivor at first hand during Holocaust Study Days and talks in schools in Cumbria and north Lancashire.
Arek Hersh talking to some of the students
LDHP arrange workshops in the form of arts projects including visual arts, music and writing that help the children to understand more about the child Holocaust Survivors who came to the Lake District and their backgrounds.
“It was very informative and engaging and I would like to find out more about the ‘Windermere Boys”