The Eye As Witness: Recording the Holocaust

24 April 2022 - 18 September 2022

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Discover how images shape the way we remember history with The Eye As Witness – a major exhibition using creative technology to contrast Holocaust photos taken by perpetrators with the perspective of victims.

The Eye as Witness is an immersive multimedia experience examining Holocaust photography. It has been designed to make us question the motives behind the recording of historical events and to encourage critical thinking on racism, hatred and ‘fake news’ today.

Taking the instantly recognisable Nazi-propaganda images of sub-human victims in Nazi ghettos and concentration camps, visitors are led to reconsider the images as persecuted and dignified humans living ‘everyday’ lives only days before the Nazis came to power.

Featured in the exhibition is an award-winning immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. This cutting-edge experience enabled visitors to enter a virtual environment and ‘step into’ a Nazi-produced Holocaust photograph taken in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Alongside this are interactive displays, which offer visitors the opportunity to view the rare secret photos taken by Jewish people and members of the anti-Nazi resistance who use the camera to record the story as they saw it.

VR Experience Timings:

Monday: 2-4.30pm

Tuesday: 2-4.30pm

Thursday: 10am-1pm

Sunday: 10am-1pm


The Eye As Witness is supported by Arts Council England, and aspects have been shown at UK venues including the Imperial War Museum North, Salford; The Bradford Peace Museum; South Hampstead Synagogue, London; The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire; and Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham.


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