The Forever Project
Keeping stories and conversations alive
The origins of In The Room began with this ground breaking and innovative education project with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the UK’s only national museum dedicated to teaching and learning lessons of the Holocaust.
The Centre has focused on preserving and sharing testimonies, stories and artefacts, with a core group of survivors being represented. The goal was to maintain the presence and stories of the survivors for generations to come, and digital technology has enabled this to happen through the 'Forever Project’.
The Forever Project
The Forever Project currently features 11 survivors, each of whom were recorded answering hundreds of questions about their lives and experiences over five days. The footage was captured in 3D video, with a machine learning software solution designed to power each experience.
Originally designed as an auditorium experience, it allows children and adults not only to see a survivor share their story in 3D, but also allow them to ask that survivor questions directly, creating a powerful connection between audience and survivor.
It is a powerful and authentic experience that has brought survivor testimony to hundreds of children and young people in the UK and beyond.
As well as the Centre, the installation has been displayed at other notable locations including Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
As time has moved forward, so the survivors remaining find it increasingly challenging to share their testimonies through school visits. Because of this, and following on from the success of the installation, the Forever Project was created as a browser based online experience, enabling national distribution of the experiences to schools nationally, with in-class education sessions, served alongside teaching support materials.
“This is a unique opportunity to make an irreplaceable contribution to genocide education for the future.”
Martin Stern, survivor of Terezin concentration camp.