Creative Workshop

Imperial War Museum

London, England
October 2020

The SWWHPP is a three year, national initiative led by IWM supporting partners in the cultural heritage and academic sectors to engage with new audiences as they reflect on these significant histories and explore their lasting impacts on our lives, in digital form and public events. The SWWHPP is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Partners are:

• National Museums Northern Ireland

• The Highlanders’ Museum

• Aberystwyth University

• Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

• Manchester Jewish Museum

• Bodmin Keep

• Museum of Cornish Life

• National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Nottingham

• Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, Huddersfield

All the Partners are committed to exploring artistic responses as part of their projects and in October 2020 IWM hosted an online workshop for Partners to develop their ideas, discuss the process of commissioning artists and hear about artistic projects in other organisations. As Project Manager of SWWHPP, Rachel Donnelly asked a group of creative practitioners, Dr. Bryce Lease from Royal Holloway University, curator Joanne Rosenthal, and dramaturg and director Patrick Eakin Young to help Partners consider the challenges in commissioning artistic responses to difficult subject matter such as the Holocaust and the Second World War, as well as giving them tools to help think about what their projects might be.

Please find links to reflective blogs by Bryce Lease and Patrick Eakin Jones about the workshop here:

Part One:
Challenging Histories in Cultural Spaces.
Guest Blog by Dr. Bryce Lease

Part Two:
Challenging Histories in Cultural Spaces.
Guest Blog by Patrick Eakin Young

STAGING DIFFICULT PASTS is an AHRC funded project: Grant reference: AH/R006849/1