Anne Frank and You exhibition open to the public

Published Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Anne Frank and You exhibition opening
Left to right: Tegan Tyrrell, teenage ambassador; Amy Coult, teenage ambassador; Zaidah Ahmed MBE, Corporate Equality and Diversity Coordinator; Mayor’s Consort, Peter Clark; Rotherham Mayor, Cllr Maggi Clark; Cllr Josephine Burton; Jasmine Cousins, teenage ambassador; Freya Hellewell, teenage ambassador; Rosie Webb, teenage ambassador

A thought-provoking exhibition about Anne Frank’s life and times will be open to the public and schools at Rotherham Council’s Riverside Library Gallery from Wednesday 17 February.

The free exhibition draws on themes from Anne’s diary such as the value of freedom and racial hatred to create an exhibition which takes visitors on a journey of self-exploration – as well as portraying the story of Anne.

Visitors will be able to see personal photos of Anne and her sister Margot; replica artefacts from Anne’s life and the Holocaust as well as powerful imagery of the social issues affecting us in modern Britain such as racism in football, gang violence in the UK and the story of Malala Yousafazi’s campaign for the education of girls.

The exhibition is open until Wednesday the 30th of March. The opening times for public viewing are:

  • 3.30 to 7pm - Monday and Thursday
  • 3.30pm to 5.30pm - Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 9am to 4pm - Saturdays

During school holidays beginning 21 March, the exhibition will be open during the Library’s normal opening hours.

The Rotherham exhibition also has teenage ambassadors who have been trained as guides, to talk you through each aspect of Anne’s story and the contemporary themes that connect with Britain today. Each young ambassador has been trained through the History for Today programme that toured Rotherham schools from September 2015.

So far 20 schools from across Yorkshire have booked in to make visits at the exhibition and will take part in related workshops such as Human Rights, Identity and Diversity, Understanding Prejudice or Refugees between 17 February and 18 March.

Advisory cabinet member for Cultural Services Cllr Taiba Yasseen said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to delve into the history of Anne Frank and take the time to understand how the messages from her life are relevant in Rotherham and Britain today.

"The exhibition explores themes such as creating tolerance, appreciating differences and seeing the good in other people. Each of the themes are echoed by the brilliant ambassadors who share a young person’s perspective on how relevant the story of Anne Frank is today. It is also amazing to have Rotherham schools involved in the exhibition."

See Riverside Library opening times