Gathering the Voices exhibits at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

01 September 2015

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty with GtVA's Howard Singerman

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty with GtVA's Howard Singerman

Gathering the Voices (GtVA), in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), hosted a special viewing of its mobile exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday, August 27. 

The exhibition began touring last year and features oral testimonies of men and women who sought refuge in Scotland to escape persecution in Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

Supported by GCU, the Heritage Lottery Fund and many local donors, GtVA has completed the first stage of the project creating a website (www.gatheringthevoices.com) where over 30 testimonies can be freely accessed in audio and written form.

GCU Director of Development and Alumni Relations Jillian Watt opened the event and spoke of the University’s proud association with the project, which resonates very strongly with GCU’s common good commitment.

Angela Shapiro, Senior Lecturer at GCU and one of the founding members of the Gathering the Voices Association, said: “The exhibition brings to life the experiences of the people who came to Scotland to escape the Holocaust. It has been showcased around the country; will be going into the Scottish Parliament and now, is in Glasgow’s iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

“It is an excellent resource to support education about the Holocaust and the experience of refugees and to educate people about the contribution survivors made to the social, cultural and economic life of Scotland.”

The University has worked with GtVA to raise funds to enable it to capture and digitise the testimonies of survivors and their families, create educational materials for schools and to support students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment to create an educational digital game that engages pupils.

The project has been praised by the Scottish Parliament and more recently was noted in the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission Report. 

The exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was attended by the Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Councillor Archie Graham OBE, the Gathering the Voices Association, survivors and their families, school pupils, representatives of Glasgow Life and staff at GCU.