Through Our Eyes is an Exhibition about 16 children and young people who survived Nazi persecution across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. They came to the North of England as refugees or survivors of the Holocaust, settled and made new lives here.
Through Our Eyes is an interactive, multi-media exhibition driven by survivor testimony. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families and their original artefacts and documents, together with an original prisoner uniform and other artefacts from the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. The survivors tell their stories of discrimination, persecution, escape, hiding, ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and liberation through filmed testimony on six interactive touchscreens.
There is a reflective space at the end of the exhibition where visitors can learn about the survivors’ experiences when rebuilding their lives in the UK and explore a digital memorial to local families.
The exhibition contains photographs and video footage of concentration camps and atrocities that some visitors may find distressing. The exhibition is suitable for children and teenagers learning about the Holocaust in more detail, but not suitable for very young children.
*Please note the film shown in our auditorium may change throughout the year due to our temporary exhibitions programme.
Planning your visit
Please be aware that there is no public parking available on campus. The nearest public car park is Kingsgate Shopping Centre (5 mins). There are limited spaces on campus for disabled blue badge holders, these are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
There is level access throughout campus and into the exhibition. Our lift is located on Level 4 of the Schwann building. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions regarding access requirements.
Explore the local area
Holocaust Centre North sits in the heart of Huddersfield, a lively town with a colourful history and many things to do and see. Grand listed buildings, small independent shops, and inspirational scenery, a corner of West Yorkshire rich in creativity, heritage, and stories.
Our favourite attractions nearby include:
- Huddersfield & Batley Art Galleries. Visit to see works by L S Lowry, an innovative programme of temporary exhibitions showcasing vibrant contemporary artwork by local artists.
- Huddersfield Textile Trail. Holocaust Centre North sits at the heart of Huddersfield’s Textile Trail. ‘Made in Huddersfield’ has become a global brand synonymous with quality woollen worsteds. Many mills have been converted into university buildings and flats, weaving textile heritage into the fabric of Huddersfield. Discovery Huddersfield organise guided tours of Huddersfield’s Textile Trail.
- The Temporary Contemporary. A contemporary art gallery at Queensgate Market showcas-ing the University of Huddersfield’s creative talents alongside regular market stall holders. Lawrence Batley Theatre. A premier theatre in Huddersfield with a diverse programme of theatre and comedy.
- The Tolson Museum. A fabulous museum presenting an intriguing picture of the local area and its people, from pre-historic times to the present day.
- Colne Valley Museum. Compare modern family life with that of a weaver’s child. Try out Victorian children’s games or catch a craft demonstration such as breadbaking, weaving and spinning.
- Castle Hill & Victoria Tower. Overlooking Huddersfield, this beautiful outdoor site is popular with kite flyers. Tower open on specific dates throughout the year.
- Slaithwaite. A former class mill town, now the home of independent businesses, cooperatives, and restaurants.
- Meltham. Popular with walkers and part of the Peak District National Park. Visit to stock up with cheese, and meat pies from local businesses.
- Holmfirth. A picture-postcard town and the perfect place if you prefer a relaxing country walking holiday to bustling cities. Against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park, Holmfirth is thriving with speciality shops and markets, bespoke art and tempting treats, plus a packed events programme from May to November
Slightly further away
- Bradford Synagogue (Bradford). A grade II-listed Moorish synagogue and the hub of a Jewish Community that was once a city in itself. Faced with closure in 2012, it was saved by fund-raising activities by Bradford’s Muslim community. Today Bradford’s synagogue’s future is bright and stands as model of cross-cultural and inter-faith co-operation.
- Eureka! (Halifax). National Children’s Museum is an interactive educational museum for children in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, with a focus on
learning through play.
- The Hepworth (Wakefield). An award-winning art gallery set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront. The gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working process.
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield). The leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, set within the 500-acre, 18th-century
Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire.