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Museum reopens with its 250th exhibition

Museum reopens with its 250th exhibition

Museum reopens 17 May with Loughton Boys Holocaust survivors exhibition

The Boys: Holocaust Survivors in the Epping Forest District exhibition marks the reopening of Epping Forest District Museum on 17 May.

Delayed from last year due to COVID-19, this poignant exhibition charts the story of Holocaust survivors sent to Holmehurst Hostel in Loughton and the staff that supported them.

This free exhibition includes video testimonies from the survivors and explores life at the concentration camps alongside the Loughton boys’ liberation and survival. Objects from the Jewish Museum and Imperial War Museum, London form part of the exhibition which is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The exhibition runs from 17 May until 4 September 2021.

Exploring the stories of Holocaust survivors

Anne Jenkins, Director of England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

We are proud to support Epping Forest District Museum in exploring the stories of Holocaust survivors in their local area. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will strengthen the community’s knowledge of an important yet little-known element of their heritage and ensure that it won’t be forgotten.

Delighted to support this exhibition

Angela Cohen, Chairman of the ’45 Aid Society said:

The ’45 Aid Society charity was set up by the boys to support other Holocaust survivors and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. It is delighted to support Epping Forest District Museum in putting on this important exhibition.

It tells the stories of those orphaned child survivors who were lucky enough to stay at Holmehurst hostel, where the staff and local community helped in their recuperation and recovery after the horrors they had experienced during the Holocaust.

Musical events, crafting, cookery and more

Alongside the exhibition, there will be a chance to get involved with musical events, crafting, cookery, youth projects and more. The accompanying programme includes both digital and face-to-face activities set to take place across the district.

More details of this summer’s cultural programme will be announced on the museum website in the coming weeks and all public activities will be bookable on our activities and events page.

For more information about the museum please contact the museum, either email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or telephone 01992 716882.

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