Our work in prisons
The Prisons programme is a flexible programme of events which can be held over 1 or 2 weeks at a time to suit you.
There are four elements of the programme:
- The prison hosts an exhibition; Anne Frank: A History for Today, which incorporates panels specially designed for use in prisons and young offenders institutions. The exhibition explores Anne’s story and the history of the Holocaust, and links it contemporary themes including prejudice and stereotyping.
- A group of prisoners are trained as peer educators to present the exhibition.
- We deliver workshops to enhance knowledge of the Holocaust and related subjects; a creative writing and self-exploration workshop ‘Moving Words’, and an interactive debate around Human rights issues called ‘Free 2 Choose'.
- Where possible, we arrange for a talk from a Holocaust survivor with a Q&A session.
What prisoners say
“I have been in prison for the last five years and have never seen anything like this event in all that time. This is really good!”
Lee, exhibition peer guide at HMP Woodhill
“I wish to try and spread the information to others and teach people who know very little about the Holocaust. Everybody should be made aware of this tragic event because it will decrease the risk of similar events happening.”
Lemar, exhibition peer guide at Oakhill Secure Training Centre
What prison staff say
“The exhibition was well presented and the guidance and help from the Anne Frank Trust was excellent – I would have no qualms in recommending the exhibition to other prisons. It is still being talked about here!”
Marina Brain, Chaplain Governor of HMP Highdown
“I look forward to our continued working partnership publicising and explaining the life and experiences of Anne Frank and her family.”
Mike Conway Director HMP Peterborough
Contact us about
the prisons project
0207 284 5858
“Reading Anne Frank’s Diary has changed me. It has made me realise how much things have changed since WW2 and it tells me that life can always improve and get better”.
Jonathan Wilson, prisoner and guide at HMYO1 Castington
"Being a guide for the Anne Frank exhibition really opened my eyes. It was the best experience I had during my whole sentence."