Conferences and Seminars for Professionals
The Holocaust Centre runs a series of development seminars for professionals from a variety of disciplines. Delegates come from:
* police forces
* local authorities
* health services
* schools, universities and colleges
* voluntary organisations
The first principle behind the training is that the Holocaust should demand something of us all as individuals. Through workshops and discussions, delegates consider the issues raised for them as professionals by the Holocaust. They are encouraged to rethink their professional attitudes, policies and roles. In many cases, adjustment to policy is implemented as a direct result of visiting the Centre.
Survivor talks, films, exhibitions and use of the Centre’s reflective spaces are key elements in our professional seminars. Our speakers are survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Drawing on our research and policy work, they are able to give up-to-date comment on contemporary issues.
“As a diversity facilitator for the Prison Service, I found it informative and enlightening, enabling me to pass on information and new knowledge through training to staff and prisoners.”
Layla Thompson, HMPS Gartree
“I have learnt today that the way people have been treated in the past may affect the way they behave today, stop and think about this and don’t judge people. This has been a very thought provoking visit. How do we make sure that already serving officers get this training?” Susan Foulds, Lincolnshire Police
A typical seminar or conference programme involves:
* a keynote speech
* talks by a survivor of the Holocaust and of a contemporary genocide, or by a refugee
* viewing the Centre’s Holocaust exhibition
* visit of the memorial gardens
* panel discussions
* workshops/presentations/discussion groups
* films relevant to the day’s theme
* lunch and refreshments
Your Personal Requirements
We can tailor the day’s programme to your personal requirements. Please contact our Conference staff to discuss in more detail.
Please allow a minimum of 6 hours for a Professional Seminar programme.
Professional development seminars range from £850-£3,500 depending on the number of speakers involved, the scope of the programme and the choice of lunch menu.
A selection of feedback received for our Professional Training:
“I reflect on the experience of those who join the BNP and I reflect on this in my work in the future. Brilliant, really enjoy the Museum and all guest speakers, a real eye-opener to subject often forgotten.”Emma Newberry (Lincolnshire police).
“After today, I totally take on board that prejudice is wrong in any form and that it can start in small ways. I have resolved not to forward on any more texts or e-mails ‘jokes’ that could be found offensive. The day ran brilliantly, we were made very well come; the guest speakers were very interesting and relevant. Manny was incredibly enthusiastic and passionate and I found the day very moving.” Rebecca Jones (Nottinghamshire police).
“I’ve learned today that evil can prevail from the smallest of ideologies, so from this I will thoroughly think of the consequences of my actions before I deal with the situation to avoid any possible future conflict. Today was a most memorable learning environment I believe I have ever attended. I just wish to congratulate all involved in making and presenting such a useful resource and I believe it will change many lives in many years to come; it’s a subtle change mine.” Chris Tooley (Nottinghamshire police).
“The whole experience has opened my eyes and soul. I have never felt so moved apart from the birth of my child! Please do not change, this should be open to as many people as possible. Absolutely fantastic”. Glenford Spencer (Nottinghamshire police).
“I’ve really learned the importance to appreciate our civil liberties and be open-minded regarding people’s behaviour, they may have suffered injustice in their lives. This is the first museum/visitor Center I have attended which has truly grabbed my attention. The guest speakers were amazing and if given me food for thought”. Amie Whitehouse (Nottinghamshire police).
“I expected today to merely be a visit to the museum, not something that may be the foundation for the rest of my career. The whole experience will no doubt become part of my life’s rich tapestry. I think all the speakers are excellent in their field, courageous and very inspiring. If I could be half of what some of these people are, I couldn’t go far wrong! I may very well now study and diversity in depth after my initial degree!” Wayne Pearson (Nottinghamshire police).
“I learned today to continue to try to look at the bigger picture, showing how we all have a voice and can make a difference. Without trying to make a difference atrocities could happen again. Today was an eye opener with a lot more information than I expected. One day it is not enough so I will be returning.” Tim Henson (Lincolnshire police).
“We covered today the fact that ‘it is always right to do right’. How true it is when we do this with the right intentions. Superb speakers. A poignant emotional journey that not only raised thoughts but a fear or two as well. Thank you.” Anon (Lincolnshire police).
Of the Berlin street: “At this point, I felt things really clicked into place and the children began to understand day-to-day life for Jews.” The carriage was engaging and poignant; children really got to see what happened in reality, but in a sensitive way.” “The home was atmospheric and children got a real feel for life in Germany in the 1930s.”