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The Wiener Library Secures £1m Heritage Lottery Fund Endowment

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced that The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide has secured a £1 million Catalyst:Endowment grant to safeguard its vital outreach work. Under the terms of the grant, The Library, the world’s oldest archive on the Holocaust and Nazi era, must undertake a new fundraising drive to match the HLF grant by a further £1million in order to secure the funds allocated by the HLF.

Since ‘Keeping Truth Alive’ – the Library’s existing Heritage Lottery funded project – began in 2011, The Wiener Library has significantly extended its learning and engagement work. With visitors increasing threefold, over 100 public events a year, and the acquisition of new and internationally significant archives, we have demonstrated the extraordinary potential of our collections as an educational tool for understanding the legacy of the Holocaust and a force for good in a world riven by violence and political injustice.

In its 80th year, and as the generation of Holocaust survivors and refugees passes away, it is clear that the Library’s role in Holocaust education and remembrance is only going to intensify. The HLF Catalyst: Endowment scheme gives the Library the opportunity to create a new and permanent Endowment fund of £2million for the sole purpose of sustaining our learning and engagement activity.

Ben Barkow, Director of The Wiener Library said:

“Securing the Catalyst: Endowment is another huge achievement for the Library and its dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters. It marks the start of a major fundraising drive as we seek to match the HLF’s £1million to ensure our outreach work is sustainable for many years to come. We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the Library’s critical heritage role and we will seek to capitalise on this so that the heritage embodied in the Library will always be there as a warning from history, and a signpost to a better future.”

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:

“Building financial resilience is vital to ensure the future of our precious buildings, landscapes and collections.  With Catalyst, the Heritage Lottery Fund is offering heritage organisations the tools to develop longer-term financial independence and enabling the custodians of our heritage to get fit for the future.”

For further information please contact Sarah Cotton, Development Director, on 020 7467 9663, 07941 255 155 or

Added: Thursday 13th June, 2013