The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Community

A delegation of dignitaries and professionals from Herero and Nama with Library staff, Wiener Library, 10 July 2015

A delegation of dignitaries and professionals from Herero and Nama with Library staff, Wiener Library, 10 July 2015

Here at The Wiener Library we’re committed to engaging communities with our unique collections. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to learn about the history of the Holocaust and genocide in a supportive environment. 

We’re always seeking to build relationships with local and international groups and to introduce new audiences to our collections. Throughout the year we have projects like creative writing workshops, conservation skills training, exhibition tours, family days and more for our community audience.

In addition to these projects, we also offer the following activities for free (unless otherwise stated). Book in advance by contacting the Library’s Learning team at learning@wienerlibrary.co.uk or by calling the Library on 020 7636 7247.

Third Generation

The Wiener Library is bringing together for the first time a new group of grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and refugees. The group met for the first time in June 2014 and have since met for a genealogy workshop. The date for the next group meeting will be posted soon.

If you would like to join the group or be put on the mailing list to receive updates please contact our Learning team at learning@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Tours and Talks

Wiener Library tour

Tours

We offer private tours of the Library’s temporary exhibition, basement archives and Reading Room for groups of up to 25 people.

 

On-site Talks

We offer talks of 1 hour on a topic of your choice, including a question and answer session, for up to 35 people in a learning room at the Library. Refreshments can be provided for a small fee.

 

Off-site Talks

We offer talks by a staff member of approximately 1 hour, including a question and answer session, on a topic of your choice at your venue. The only cost incurred is the speaker’s travel expenses.

Travelling Exhibitions

'Never Again: Thinking about the Holocaust' travelling exhibition in situ

'Never Again: Thinking about the Holocaust' travelling exhibition

We offer three free-standing travelling exhibitions.

  • Rescues of the Holocaust highlights some incredible personal stories of rescue during the Second World War, including that of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews.
  • Child Refugees: Five Portraits of the Kindertransport features the stories of five children from Germany and Austria who escaped Nazi persecution on the Kindertransport.
  • Never Again: Thinking about the Holocaust is designed using the Library’s original collections to encourage audiences to think critically about the issues raised by the Holocaust and genocide including propaganda, refugees, justice and memorialisation.

We can provide resources to accompany each exhibition if required. Hirers must organise the collection and return of the exhibition, which requires a £100 fully refundable deposit.

Partnerships

Aegis students in front of their exhibition on display in the Wolfson Reading Room, Summer 2013

Aegis students in front of their exhibition on display in the Wolfson Reading Room, Summer 2013

We are always looking for people and organisations to partner on projects with. Some examples of past projects include a student exhibition project with Aegis Students and a creative writing workshop for refugees in partnership with Exiled Writers Ink. If you would like to partner with us on a special event or project, please get in touch.

Room Hire

The Anna & Ludwig Spiro Room

The Anna & Ludwig Spiro Room

We offer three spaces to hire: our small learning room holds up to 15 seated, our large learning room holds up to 40 seated or 50 standing and our exhibition space holds up to 80 seated or 120 standing. For more information about costs of room bookings visit our Hire a Room page.