The Learning Centre will explore the role of Britain’s Parliament and democratic institutions – what Britain did and what more we could have done to tackle the persecution of the Jewish people and other groups. The structure itself will tell the story: from its shape and the volume concealed underground, to the materials used, everything has a powerful role to play.
The exhibition will be set within the British narrative: historically, politically and culturally. This narrative will be balanced, addressing the complexities of Britain’s ambiguous responses to the Holocaust, and encouraging visitors to critically reflect on whether more could have been done, both by policymakers and by society as a whole. Our aim is to combine a striking architectural monument with an engaging, reflective and powerful exhibition. The display will confront the immense human calamity caused by the destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities during the Holocaust, prompting a sincere commitment to mourn, remember and act. Victims will be remembered as individuals, not nameless statistics.