Digital Memory Studies Association, Memory Working Group & Imperial War Museums’ invite for an Online Event

Digitally Enhancing Learning Experiences of the Imperial War Museums’ New Holocaust Galleries’

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This public talk is designed as part of the Museums and Memory working groups ‘curational dilemmas’ series. The talk presents a transdisciplinary approach to digital interventions with Holocaust memory in a museum education setting. This roundtable discussion brings together the Imperial War Museums’ education team, a freelance dramaturgy, a schoolteacher, an academic, and games designers who were all involved in the development of the project presenting how a single digital intervention can be viewed from different perspectives and how it was produced through transdisciplinary dialogue and negotiation. It builds on the work of the Digital Holocaust Memory research project, which seeks to bring to the fore the experiences of those involved in the creation of digital initiatives in this field to better understand these works as creative memory processes, “rather than simply as presented ‘finished’ texts”.


Anil Glendinning is a BAFTA nominated Creative Director with a background in AAA games development for clients such as Microsoft, Disney, Lucasarts and the Cartoon Network. ‍He’s a veteran in interaction design and gamification and loves working with brands and connecting people through engaging, gamified content. Anil worked on the design of the app to support school visits to the Imperial War Museums new Holocaust galleries.

Stef Smith is a Scottish multi-award-winning stage and screen writer working to international acclaim. Work for stage includes: Nora: A Doll’s House (Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre & Young Vic Theatre); Enough, Girl In The Machine, Swallow (Traverse Theatre); The Song Project, Human Animals (Royal Court). Her six-part digital series Float was released on BBC iPlayer. She is currently writing the Second season which is aiming to be filmed in early 2024.  Stef is under commission from several theatres and is developing new projects for both television and film. She is an Associate Artist at Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.

Dr Victoria Grace Walden is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning Enhancement in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities and Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on digital Holocaust memory. She is author of Cinematic Intermedialities and Contemporary Holocaust Memory, and editor of two recent collections Digital Holocaust Memory, Education and Research and the free e-book The Memorial Museum in the Digital Age. She was a member of the advisory board for the Imperial War Museums’ app and has performed advisory roles for the UN/UNESCO and the Claims Conference.

Jaya Carrier is a Vice Principal at Westminster Academy and an honorary lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education. She worked with the Imperial War Museum in 2021 to pilot and launch their new Holocaust Education Programme and has been featured in the materials for Yad Vashem and UCL’s module entitled ‘Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative approaches to the challenges we face’.

Clare Lawlor is a Producer in Public Engagement and Learning at Imperial War Museums and produced IWM London’s Holocaust Learning Programme. With a background in history and museology, Clare is particularly interested in working collaboratively with partners to produce creative methods of engaging with students about the Holocaust.


Dr Stephan Jaeger is Professor of German Studies and Head of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada). He has published widely on contemporary narratives, representations and memory of war and genocide in German and European museums, literature, film and historiography. His most recent publications include the monograph The Second World War in the Twenty-First-Century Museum (De Gruyter 2020) and the edited volume Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials (Berghahn 2019).


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