The Charity was incorporated as a company on 30 January 2019 (Registered number: 11796550) and was registered as a charity by the Charity Commission on 30 January 2019 (Registered Charity Number: 1181806). Its activities are governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association which have not been amended since incorporation.
The Objects of the Charity are, for the benefit of the public, either directly or by way of making grants:
(a) to promote mental and moral improvement by remembering and reflecting upon the Holocaust in particular but not exclusively by supporting the establishment, maintenance and preservation of the proposed Holocaust memorial and learning centre at Victoria Gardens in London;
(b) to advance education in relation to the Holocaust and human rights, in particular democracy and the political context in which the Holocaust occurred and the importance of protecting minorities within a democracy;
(c) to promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world by
- raising awareness of human rights issues;
- promoting public support for human rights; and
- promoting respect for human rights among individuals and corporations.
(d) to promote equality and diversity and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, disability, and sexual orientation; and
(e) to further such exclusively charitable purposes as the trustees may determine which relate to the Holocaust or genocide or persecution more generally.
The Charity was established primarily to support the establishment and subsequent operation of a new UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre (the ‘Holocaust Memorial’), which is proposed to be built in Victoria Gardens, London, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament. The Charity is not intended to own or operate the Holocaust Memorial but to support it and associated activities (subject always to the discretion of the Trustees) by way of grant-funding.
It is anticipated that the total cost of building the Holocaust Memorial will be in the region of £100 million and charitable funds will constitute approximately a quarter of the total costs. Subject to planning permission and securing adequate additional funding, the Holocaust Memorial will be built by the UK Government. An application for planning permission was submitted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to Westminster City Council in December 2018 and was called in by the Ministry in November 2019 and is currently the subject of a Planning Inquiry.
The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation was established as a cross-party advisory body and a discussion forum to bring together key parties involved in the Project, to give advice on the content of the exhibition and the design of the Holocaust Memorial and to build support across society for the Holocaust Memorial. A number of the charity trustees serve on the board of the Foundation.