The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Skills Workshops

Our skills workshops are designed to help you get the most out of The Wiener Library’s extensive collections. Over the course of the year, Library staff run introductory sessions to familiarise readers with different parts of the collections.

To book a place at a workshop, please register below via Eventbrite. Unless otherwise stated, all of our skills workshops will be held at The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP. If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact our Learning Team at Learning@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Whether you are a sixth-former, a student or an independent adult learner who wishes to understand more about the Holocaust and other genocides, or about our archives and collections, The Wiener Library is here to help facilitate your learning.

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.

Forthcoming workshops

English Language Sources at The Wiener Library

Eyewitness Testimonies of the Holocaust

Eyewitness Testimonies of the Holocaust

With Dr Toby Simpson, Head of Digital
Thursday 22 June 2017, 6.30pm-7.30pm

In this workshop, aimed at students, researchers and those with general interest, Dr Toby Simpson explores the eyewitness testimonies of the Holocaust that were collected by Wiener Library staff in the 1950s. Dr Simpson has overseen the project to translate these and digitise these testimonies, and he will also share details of this important project.

 

English Language Sources at The Wiener Library

With Kat Hubschmann, Head of Collections
Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6.30pm-7.30pm

In this workshop, aimed at students and researchers, Kat Hubschmann explores the various English language sources contained within the Wiener Library’s extensive collections. For those wishing to conduct research into the history of the Nazi era and the Holocaust, lack of knowledge of German can be a barrier. This workshop will show, however, that there are many English language primary sources in the Library’s collections that can provide information and insight into these topics.

 

Previous Workshops

Genealogy Workshop: Personal Histories

With Jeanette Rosenberg, German-Jewish Special Interest Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
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 Officer
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 
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
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
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
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
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 Howard Falksohn, Archivist
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.