Childrens War Museum

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Children’s War Museum

The museum presents children’s experience of war through their own voices and creativity.

Events programme.

Its first exhibition of children’s art from Theresienstadt, supported by the Jewish museum in Prague, visited schools, galleries, synagogues and other venues around the country.

Light against Darkness by Nadja Now Lebanon was an exhibition of art by Syrian child refugees living in camps in Beirut which the museum presented at churches in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2014. An exhibition and auction of the children’s art work will be held in 2018 to raise money for Nadja Now.

An exhibition of the photographs of Young Lens, a group of young activists from Syria was shown at Summerhall gallery in Edinburgh in June 2017. Syria Relief, Safe Passage, Dr Nott’s Medical Foundation, Positive Negatives, Humans of Syria and the Syrian community in Britain are our exhibition partners.

We recently presented the exhibition at Dundee Central library and Grove Academy, Dundee and would like to find schools, churches, galleries and other venue partners to help us exhibit all of this work. Documentary films about the thousands of disappeared who are being detained in Assad’s prisons are an important part of the exhibition programme.

In February 2018 we are presenting an exhibition of photography by Antonio Olmos at Anderston and Kelvingrove church in Glasgow. Antonio is a photo journalist. He documented the journey of Syrian refugees across Europe in 2015. Our launch event on February 15th will include performances by Syrian dancers and an introduction by Antonio

Bradford Peace Museum presented an exhibition about 4000 Basque child refugees who came to Britain in 1937 following the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish civil war.  The government did not want to compromise its policy of neutrality by supporting the children. Mining communities, trade unions, churches, peace unions and private sponsor’s took responsibility for the welfare of the El Nino’s. The children also performed concerts around the country of music and dance from the Basque country to help fund the colony’s.

Slovenia 1945. The British army and forced repatriation.

John Corsellis worked with the Friends Ambulance Service during the war. He organised camps for thousands of Slovenian refugees and fighters who had escaped to Austria in May 1945. Anti communist fighters under the protection of the British army were told that they would be taken to camps in Italy. Instead they were returned to execution in Yugoslavia by Tito’s partisans. John is 94. He lives in Cambridge. He is one of the last surviving witnesses to the British army’s complicity in this war crime.

Our exhibition includes work from John’s archive by the Slovenian refugees and photographs of camp life presented by permission of the Raphael Society.

Bandit Kinder is a documentary film about the children of the partisans who were executed by the German army. The children were taken to hostels in Germany to be reducated. The film and exhibition highlight how the war affected Slovenian children on both sides of the conflict.

The exhibition was presented at the Quaker meeting in Cambridge in December 2017. It will presented in Norwich and Peterborough next year. We would like to find other venue partners around the UK to let more people learn about John’s story.

Slovenia 1945 highlights children’s experience of the post war years across Europe and the continuing controversy of events in this period.

We would like to find partners to present a mobile exhibition from the Jewish museum in London about the life and work of Dr Korczak. He was an important advocate of children’s rights in the 1930’s. Dr Korczak ran the orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto and accompanied the children on their final journey to Treblinka when the ghetto was evacuated by the Germans. Dr Korczak’s visionary ideas were posthumously adopted by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If you would be interested in partnering the Children’s War Museum on an event or exhibition please contact Brian Devlin: eildon@hotmail.co.uk; 01896 756402.

We are keen to visit schools and groups to talk about children’s war experience. The Great War, Basque child refugees, Kindertransport, evacuees, the Holocaust, child prisoners of war, the Hiroshima Maidens, the life of Kim Phuc and the Columbian children’s peace movement are among the events that are explored in our school presentations.

The museum is identifying schools to partner a network of school peace clubs in Kivu, Congo and a preschool in Gaza. We are also planning an art exchange with schools in Nagasaki.

We are really hoping to find a permanent home for the museum. Finding partners to help us present exhibitions and activities is particularly important just now as we continue to look for a home.

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Presenting children’s experience of war through their own voices and creativity from Joan of Arc to the present day.

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