National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 111707, what the reasons were for the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to envisage that the Memorial and Learning Centre would primarily attract people who already visit the area; and what comparative assessment his Department has made of visitors to holocaust memorials in other countries.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

In seeking a prominent location, it was a key objective of the Holocaust Commission for the Memorial and Learning Centre to benefit from existing high footfall in the surrounding area. This is an important part of its mission to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to raise awareness and understanding of its lessons for the future. The Government’s expectations on visitors to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been informed by a comparative assessment of visitor numbers to Holocaust memorials around the world.

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