Through Our Eyes is an Exhibition about 16 children and young people who survived Nazi persecution across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. They came to the north of England as refugees or survivors of the Holocaust, settled and made new lives here.
The Centre and the Exhibition is open 10am-5pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and we are encouraging all visitors to book online in advance to help us keep everyone safe. Booking slots are currently available until the end of October 2020.
Through Our Eyes
Through Our Eyes is an interactive, multi-media exhibition. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families and their original artefacts and documents, together with an original prisoner uniform and other artefacts from the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. The survivors tell their stories of discrimination, persecution, escape, hiding, ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and liberation through filmed testimony on six interactive touchscreens. Text and images put their experiences in context, supported by animated maps and an immersive audio-visual experience driven by survivor testimony. There is a reflective space at the end of the exhibition where visitors can find out about the survivors’ experiences of rebuilding their lives in the UK and explore a digital memorial to local families.
The exhibition contains photographs and video footage of concentration camps and atrocities that some visitors may find disturbing. The exhibition is suitable for children and teenagers learning about the Holocaust in more detail, but not suitable for very young children.
Exhibition opening hours
The Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Centre will reopen to visitors on Wednesday 30th September 2020, and for now will be open only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Opening hours will be 10am-5pm.
Book to visit us
If you’d like to visit us on a Wednesday or Thursday, please book ahead with your preferred date and time so we know how many people we’re expecting and can ensure the Centre is fully safe to visit. Hourly timeslots until the end of October are now available.
We have a conference space available to book for up to 100 delegates, with a breakout space and full catering service available. Conference delegates have exclusive use of the Through Our Eyes exhibition.
The conference space is currently closed until further notice, however we’d be happy to talk to you about future requirements.
We are currently accepting group bookings for the Autumn term 2020. If you’d like to plan a future visit for a group of 15 or more people, please call or email us to discuss your needs. For capacity reasons, if you arrive without booking we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you within the exhibition.
The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre,
The University of Huddersfield,
Find on map
All visitors not requiring level access need to go around the University buildings to arrive at our Main Entrance. This is to limit risk inside University buildings for the University staff and students, and for you. The best routes on foot are from Wakefield Car Park or via Firth Street and over the footbridge.
Anyone requiring level access needs to book online with us, and on arrival on campus collect a visitor pass from University Reception. This is because the Schwann Building is currently only accessible to passholders, to limit risk. Please call or email us if you have any questions.
Use of the toilets is currently limited solely to Exhibition visitors due to our safety measures. All toilets are currently fitted with paper hand towels, and the hand dryers are turned off. This is to limit circulation of air particles which increase virus transmission.