What’s the big idea?

Big Ideas is five this month. In 2015, when Big Ideas was founded, the buzz of the London Olympics was still fresh in our minds. That event not only saw the world come to the UK but, beyond the sport spectacle, it brought the UK together. Whether it was the Olympic...

Foundation Stones at Chelsea Holocaust Mural Unveiling

‘This mural symbolises three people who loved football and had dreams involving football and what happened to them can’t happen to anybody again so it will make people think and most importantly make them aware of the problems we still face.’  – Cesar...

Foundation Stones launches in Wales

In the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day, Big Ideas launched its national commemoration project called Foundation Stones in Wales.  Foundation Stones invites everyone to paint a commemorative stone in memory of the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in...

The Unremembered: Changing the conversation

In World War One the Labour Corps cooked, cleaned, carried and cared for the soldiers on the front line and behind the lines. They built roads and railways, carried the wounded and buried the dead. Men and women from across the Commonwealth made a vital contribution...

Crystal Palace Academy commemorate Holocaust survivor football coach

When historian and author David Bolchover asked which of the Under 13s at Crystal Palace FC Academy had been to a Wembley match, all 15 hands shot up. Wembley stadium holds 90,000 spectators at capacity. He asked the boys to imagine the distance between them and the...

Chelsea players meet Holocaust survivor

“The fact that you died, that somebody killed you – it wouldn’t have made any difference whatsoever.” Ivor Perl, a Holocaust survivor, shared these shocking words with Chelsea Academy U15 players when he visited their training ground. Ivor, who was a keen footballer...