Records of the Hampstead Care Committee for Refugee children
Records of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Care Committee for Refugee Children. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

We’re thrilled to announce that we have received £240,000 of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a ground-breaking new project, Digital Transformation: Connecting Collections and Communities. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to connect diverse communities with newly catalogued and digitised collections from our collection of vital evidence over the next three years.

The funding has been awarded to help develop an extensive programme of engagement and education activities. These activities will improve access to educational resources, engage diverse audiences with global histories of the Holocaust, and equip educators, community groups and activists with resources highlighting historical opposition to fascism and antisemitism.

During the three years expert staff at the Library will catalogue, digitise, and deploy collections of relevance to these pressing current concerns, including in relation to fascism and anti-fascism in Germany, Austria, and Britain; refugee histories; post-war humanitarian efforts; and the history of more recent genocides such as in Sudan.

Responding to the successful grant award, Dr Toby Simpson, Director of the Library, said:

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on a visit to the Library. November 2023

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in their strategic plan, Heritage 2033. 

Over the next ten years, the Heritage Fund aims to invest £3.6 billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places and the natural environment.  

The Heritage Fund helps protect, transform and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are. 

The Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. 

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