VIDEO: special study day at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

School pupils visited Rugby Art Gallery and Museum for a special event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The secondary school pupils were invited to take part in a study day on Monday January 27 - the day when the world remembers the millions killed in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Special guests on the day included Mark Pawsey MP and Cllr Tony Gillias, Mayor of Rugby.

The study day links to the Art Gallery and Museum’s current exhibition, Anne Frank.

The exhibition of paintings by Rugby-based artist Iris Anne Berger explores the life of Anne Frank during the Second World War, from the time she spent in hiding from the Nazis in a secret annexe built at her father’s business premises in Amsterdam, to her death at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The study day included workshops where students could explore the themes of discrimination, refugees and journeys, and the chance to create ‘suitcases’ comprising drawings, text and images linked to the themes.

Jessica Hartshorn, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s learning and outreach officer, said: “The study day gives students the chance to learn more about the Holocaust and the themes explored in the Anne Frank exhibition.

“Holocaust Memorial Day not only encourages us to remember the past, but also to learn the lessons of the past to create a better future.”

Schools interested in visiting the Anne Frank exhibition and taking part in workshops can download a free teacher’s guide at the Schools page on the Art Gallery and Museum’s website:

The exhibition runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until 29 March.