The Forever Project

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum has embarked on ‘The Forever Project’, an ambitious 3d interactive programme that will preserve the voice of Holocaust survivors for generations to come. 

The Forever Project uses advanced digital technologies that enable children and adults not only to hear and see a survivor sharing his or her story, but also allow them to ask that survivor questions and hear them giving answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions.

This special project has already received wonderful support from organisations including the Pears Foundation, the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the R&D Digital Fund for the Arts (see our funders and partners further below).

The Centre now needs to raise further funds for this incredible project and to protect this special digital archive for the future. 

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To find out more about the project, read on or please email development@nationalholocaustcentre.net

 

The Forever Project: Progress to date

The Forever Project enables the Centre to recreate the experience schoolchildren currently have: listening to and interacting with a survivor. The project will protect an experience which makes a vital contribution to children’s understanding of the events of the Holocaust and their connection to it.

As Holocaust survivor Martin Stern makes clear “The opportunity is fleeting…This is a unique opportunity to make an irreplaceable contribution to genocide education for the future.”

To-date ten survivors’ stories have been filmed for The Forever Project, using 3D filming techniques.   Digital projection equipment for the project has been installed at the Centre, and the project will be open to the public this autumn on a date to be announced.

The Centre now hopes to raise sufficient funds to be able to:

  • complete the technical work required to complete the first 10 interactive testimonies
  • to film a further phase of 10 survivor testimonies to ensure that more stories are preserved for future generations
  • to fund the ongoing storage of the digital testimonies into the future.

Funders and Partners

The project is being delivered with consultancy Bright White Ltd (design and delivery), with supporting research through the University of Huddersfield. The Centre is also working in collaboration with USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC Shoah Foundation in relation to their New Dimensions in Testimony Programme.

Funders towards The Forever Project include:

Association of Jewish Refugees, Audrey and Stanley Burton 1960 Charitable Trust, Foyle Foundation, Department for Communities and Local Government, Hertiage Lottery Fund, Pears Foundation.