GtVA exhibition comes to Kelvingrove

10 July 2015

GtVA exhibition comes to Kelvingrove

The GtVA mobile exhibition

The Gathering the Voices Association (GtVA) mobile exhibition moves to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum from August.

GtVA has been collecting the oral testimonies of men and women who sought refuge in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. Most, but not all, were Jewish.

The exhibition consists of brief extracts from interviews recorded by GtVA, as well as photographs and other historical information.

Supported by GCU, the Heritage Lottery Fund and many local donors, GtVA has created a website ( where these testimonies can be freely accessed in audio and written form.

To date, 37 people from a number of different European countries, and many walks of life, have been interviewed.

The interviewees discussed their lives, including their earliest memories of their time in Europe, the horrors of Nazism, their experiences of migration and their gradual integration into Scottish society.

The day-to-day lives of these ‘new Scots’ are described, detailing how they learned about their new home, gained an education, found jobs, married, had children and put down roots in the country.

Angela Shapiro, Senior Lecturer in GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted that such a prestigious venue has agreed to exhibit the Gathering the Voices mobile exhibition.”

Jillian Watt, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, said: “Thanks to donors, the exhibition being shown at Kelvingrove will enable not just our local communities, but international visitors to learn about an important part of our history.”

GCU students continue to be involved with GtVA. Final-year students within the Department of Computer, Communications & Interactive Systems have been carring out play tests and improvements to serious games developed to support the curriculum in relevant school subjects. These will go alongside the mobile exhibition.

The exhibition can be found on the first floor of the museum, East Gallery, from Sunday August 2 to Monday August 31.