Tuesday 7 July 2009

Anne Frank: a history for today

The Cathedral is currently playing host to an exhibition entitled "Anne Frank: a history for today." A lot of school groups have signed up to come along; the exhibition is also open to the general public Monday-Friday 4-6pm; Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. Entry is free.

Yesterday three classes from the Cathedral Primary School came to take a look. In the first part of the exhibition there is a 25-minute video about Anne Frank's life; the children then get a chance to talk about some of the things they have learnt. There are also a number of photographs taken by Anne Frank's father which reveal something of their family's life.
In the second part there are some visual displays which bring to life the diary which Anne Frank wrote. There is plenty to see and the children made the most of it.

In total there are over 30 panels for people to see; many photographs are accompanied by extracts from the diary, so that Anne Frank's story is told in her own words.

Along the corridor which leads to the exhibition the Cathedral has prepared some thought-provoking material. On the walls visitors can see how the freedom of Jews was gradually taken away by the Nazi regime. Meanwhile, on the floor there are words associated with oppression and persecution, placed for people to walk over; above there are words associated with justice and peace, a reminder of qualities for which we must aim. The exhibition remains open until Wednesday 22nd July.