Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: Events and Activities at The Higgins, Bedford

As part of a series of Holocaust Memorial 2018 events, The Higgins will be host to a photographic exhibition, Anne Frank & Family, and a series of free workshops and self-led viewing opportunities for schools.

All of the events listed are free, but must be booked in advance. For workshops, please book using the HMD Schools Workshop BookIng Form and send to: natalie.gandy@bedford.gov.uk.

For self-led viewing tours, please contact clare.rogers@bedford.gov.uk to book.

The following workshops are available to choose from:

Freedom Writers – Year 9 +
Dates: 24/01, 31/01, 07/02: 11am – 1pm and 12:30pm – 2:30pm
(Maximum capacity: 30 students per workshop)

Children will go on a tour of the Anne Frank & Family Exhibition and engage in a workshop inspired by Erin Gruwell and her Freedom Writers’ Programme. The workshop will challenge young people to think empathetically and to develop awareness of prejudice and discrimination in modern day Bedford. Extracts from Anne’s Diary will be used to encourage reflection and debate.

Writing in Impossible Circumstances – Anne Frank – A Life and Legacy – Year 5 +
Date: 25/01: 10:30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2:30pm
(Maximum capacity 30 students per workshop)

A tour of the Anne Frank & Family Exhibition along with a workshop inspired by Anne Frank’s story. Young People will use excerpts from Anne’s Diary to enhance their knowledge of The Holocaust and explore the relevance of her story today in their own contexts. Students will create a montage of their own thoughts and aspirations. The workshop will also explore students’ own experiences of diary writing including blogging, tweeting, Facebook, and traditional diary entries and what it means to them.

Crystal’s Vardo – Year 5 +
Date: 25/01: 10:30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2:30pm
Delivered by Friends, Families and Travellers (FTT)
(Maximum capacity 60 students per performance)

Crystal’s Vardo is the extraordinary story of a girl’s journey through Romany history and her quest to piece together her ancestry. It is interwoven with music, humour, and storytelling. This performance aims to raise awareness of Gypsy and Traveller issues and help tackle some of the problems of racist bullying in schools and elsewhere.