National Holocaust Centre & Museum awarded major grant for cultural innovation work - February 2021 

3rd February, 2021 – London:  The National Holocaust Centre & Museum is delighted to announce the award of this new grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation enabling further innovation and creativity in Holocaust education post Covid 19.

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is delighted to announce generous grant funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We are one of a number of arts organisations across the UK to receive an award from the Weston Culture Fund Grant - a pot of over £30 million in specific response to the devastating effects of COVID-19.

We are proud to have been selected as a grantee alongside the likes of The National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler's Wells and The Old Vic.

With this six-figure award, we will be doubling down on the creativity of our 'phygital’ offering to both school students and adults. With some 35 live-casts already under our belts during the Pandemic and abundant school webinars, the award enables us to maintain and enhance our 2021 programme content and to plan some exciting new, post-vaccine museum experiences. The Weston Foundation’s generosity helps us take our mix of the physical and the digital, the exhibition-al and the educational, to the next level of reach and impact.

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, said:

“We all want and need our cultural sector to thrive and, if anything, our time away from the arts has shown just how important they are to us – bringing much needed pleasure and enrichment to our lives. Arts organisations are desperate to re-open and get back to what they do best, and we hope that this new funding will help many of them do exactly that.”

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum’s Director, Marc Cave, said:

“As the UK’s national museum of the Holocaust, we feel a tremendous responsibility to innovate creatively. This award from the Garfield Weston Foundation is a wonderful help in this regard. It helps us to keep the Holocaust a living subject – away from the dustbin of history – with hard-hitting relevance to life today. It will help us to find new ways to communicate the testimonies of our beloved family of Holocaust survivors, catching today’s mood, reaching new generations, and cutting through the noise of Holocaust denial and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories on social media. We are extremely grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting the curatorial, experiential and educational creativity at the heart of our mission”.


Further notes:

The Garfield Weston Foundation:

Established over 60 years ago in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making charity which supports causes across the UK and gave over £88 million last year.  It is one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK and has donated well over £1 billion to charities since it was established.

From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Around 2,000 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.