The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Informal Learning

Skills Workshops

Archive photo of a workshop taking place

Our skills workshops are designed to help you get the most of the Wiener Library's extensive collections. Over the course of the year we run introductory sessions to familiarise Readers with different parts of the collections, led either by our Senior Librarian or one of our Archivists.

To book a place at a workshop or event please contact the Library. Unless otherwise stated, all of our skills workshops will be held at The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP.

Whether you are a sixth-former, a student or an independent adult learner who wishes to understand more about the Holocaust and other genocides, The Wiener Library is here to help facilitate your learning. We have worked with several outside organisations to provide stimulating workshops, including the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

In addition to skills workshops we also regularly hold panel discussions and debates, lectures, film screenings and temporary exhibitions. For more information on these events please see the What's On page.

Creative Writing Workshop

The Wiener Library and Exiled Writers Ink hosted a creative writing workshop to mark Refugee Week in June 2013.

Participants used photographs and documents from the Library’s collections to write creatively on the theme of refugee experience.

Four of the participants have kindly agreed to have extracts of their writing published here.

Creative Workshop Photographs

Higher and Further Education

We regularly work with universities and other Higher Education institutions across the country to help enrich the experience of undergraduate and postgraduate study. If you are running a course and are interested in organising a Wiener Library workshop for your class, or if you would like to include a tour of the Library in your introductory or summer programming, please email the Learning team at learning@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

The Wiener Library's workshops are ideally suited to supporting learning that goes above and beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. In order to find out more about Wiener Library workshops tailored specifically to FE colleges and schools, please visit our Schools page.

Previous Workshops

Genealogy Workshop: Personal Histories

With Jeanette Rosenberg
Tuesday 5 February 2013, 5.45pm

This special workshop on genealogy and family research was targeted at any individual interested in exploring personal histories connected to the Holocaust. The workshop explored how to begin researching your family history and what resources The Wiener Library can provide.  We looked at the documents you may be able to find in the UK National Archives and in other sources around the world.

How Useful is Social Media for Raising Awareness of the Holocaust and Genocide?

With Katy Jackson, Community and Outreach Worker at The Wiener Library
Tuesday 29 January 2013, 7pm

The Wiener Library's Young Volunteers hosted a special interactive discussion workshop for 16-25 year olds to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2013. Discussed were the pros and cons of using social media from Twitter to Facebook and Flickr to raise awareness and promote learning about the Holocaust and genocide. One of the main contributors was Josh Zietcer, founder of @memorialproject, a Twitter campaign encouraging people to remember the Holocaust.

Members of the public were able to join or follow the discussion on Twitter by following the hashtag #WLdebate.

Introduction to the Photo Archive

With Marek Jaros, Photo Archivist at The Wiener Library
Thursday 22 November 2012, 10am

This introductory session, aimed at students and researchers, focused on our photo archive and covered topics such as special collections, copyright and privacy issues and how to reference material in coursework.

Introduction to the Document Collection

With Howard Falksohn, Archivist at The Wiener Library
Thursday 15 November 2012, 10am

This introductory session, aimed at students and researchers, focused on our document collection and covered topics such as special collections, copyright and privacy issues and how to reference material in coursework.

Volunteer Translation Programme

With Toby Simpson, Learning and Engagement Manager
Monday 14 May 2012, 4pm

A workshop for new recruits and experienced veterans of The Wiener Library's Volunteer Translation Programme. This session will provide an opportunity to get to know the team, to welcome new members and to share experiences. This translation project involves translation into English so English language skills and knowledge of another relevant language is essential.

An Introduction to The Wiener Library

With Kat Hubschmann, Senior Librarian
Tuesday 24 April 2012, 10.30am

This session is designed to introduce visitors and new readers to The Wiener Library's Reading Room, to give an overview of our collections and to provide help with using the Library's finding aids.

Genealogy Workshop

With Jeanette Rosenberg, German-Jewish Special Interest Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
Tuesday 26 March 2012, 5pm

In association with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, this special workshop on genealogy and family research is targeted at any individual interested in exploring personal histories connected to the Holocaust. The workshop will explore how to begin researching your family history, and what resources The Wiener Library can provide.

Archive Skills Workshop

With The Wiener Library's longstanding Archivist Howard Falksohn
Monday 5 March 2012, 10.30am

This session is designed to further develop skills using archive material, by looking at ways to access these materials and make good use of their content. The session will focus on the Holocaust, 20th Century German history and European Jewish Culture.