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Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibition

  • 06 - 30 January 2020
  • 10.00AM - 3.00PM
  • Not a public event  |  Booking required: No
  • Constantine Building , Middlesbrough Campus  |  Directions

Join us at our Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibition



2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (January 1945) and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps (April 1945). To mark this anniversary Teesside University will be hosting an exhibition: Anne Frank: A History for Today. The exhibition, which is being brought to Middlesbrough by the Anne Frank Trust UK, will be on display from 6 - 30 January, offering a rare opportunity for visitors to experience it.

Placing complex historical events against the backdrop of the life of one young person, Anne Frank: A History for Today enables visitors to gain a greater understanding of the terrible human consequences of persecution and war. The exhibition follows Anne's story, from her birth in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929, to her death in Bergen-Belsen at the age of 15.


Following the outbreak of the Second World War, and the German invasion of the Netherlands, Anne's life changed dramatically, along with millions of other Jews across Nazi-occupied Europe. Forced to wear a star, marking her as a Jew, she was forbidden from using a bike, tram or bus, from attending school with non-Jewish children, and had to follow a strict curfew. After her sister Margot received a call up notice to a 'work camp' in Germany, the family went into hiding in a secret annexe of her father's office building. Assisted by four 'helpers', they lived there secretly for over two years before being found by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. Of the eight inhabitants in the annexe, only Otto, Anne's father survived.

The exhibition challenges us all to consider the contemporary relevance of this dreadful period in twentieth-century history and enable a greater understanding of the steps that we can take as individuals to prevent the rise of prejudice and discrimination in our own communities.


Event dates for school and college visits
6 – 30 January 2020
Teesside University, Middlesbrough Campus

The exhibition is completely free to attend but we do have limited capacity and availability on the day. Group sizes are usually limited to 15 but we can accommodate groups of 40 with advance notice. Please book this early to avoid disappointment.

Schools and colleges - to book your visit please contact Lee Musson

Attending this exhibition will enable your students to learn about the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, and the Franks’ escape to the Netherlands in 1940. Your group will be shown around the exhibition by specially trained guides after which there will be an interactive workshop - the duration of the visit will be 1.5 – 2 hours.

Staff and students of Teesside University
Staff and students of Teesside University will have access to the exhibition most days but should try and avoid 10:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Public access
The exhibition will be open for public access on Monday 27 January, 9:00am - 5:00pm - booking is not required on this day.





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