We are delighted to announce that The National Holocaust Centre and Museum has become a member of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/blog/welcome-national-portfolio

The Centre joins an ambitious and wide-ranging group of organisations that the Arts Council believe will bring new energy to the arts and cultural sector, while reaching more people in more places than ever before.

In all, 831 Portfolio organisations will receive a total of £1.6 billion over four years for 844 projects.  The National Holocaust Centre and Museum will receive £1.2m over four years. 

This funding will allow the Centre to expand its work more widely, including increased educational outreach programmes supporting schools in addressing issues such as propaganda, identity and racism.   The Centre is known national and internationally for the quality of its Holocaust education work with children, including work with both primary and secondary school children.  Portfolio status will enable this work to reach many more children and adults.  Funding will also contribute to a wider arts programme for the museum, encouraging a diversity of visitors and enabling different ways of connecting with the history of the Holocaust.

Chief Executive Phil Lyons MBE said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be joining the Arts Council’s National Portfolio.  The Centre does exceptionally important work, both in keeping alive the history of the events of the Holocaust, and working with young people and adults today.  Building awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice has never been more important, and National Portfolio support will help to underpin and expand this work over the next 4 years. As a result of this funding, and the continued support of key partners including major Holocaust education champion the Pears Foundation, we hope that thousands more people will be able to connect with the Centre’s work, whether they live in the neighbourhood or farther afield.’