Join schools and community groups up and down the country in making a personal contribution to the new UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre this Holocaust Memorial Day.

Foundation Stones invites you to paint a stone in remembrance of the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution. You can also choose to dedicate your stone to those murdered in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Building on the Jewish custom of placing a pebble on headstones when visiting a grave, Foundations Stones from across the United Kingdom will become part of the new memorial, each one a commitment to remember and learn from the past.

This January 27 2022, at 09:30 schools across the country will be taking part in the #BigStonePaint for #HMD2022, a nationwide schools assembly. Sign your school up below 

View our highlights gallery below to get inspiration for your stone.

If you aren’t able to join the #BigStonePaint live on 27 January you can email foundationstones@big-ideas.org for more information and free resources to run the workshop in your classroom, including a ‘guide to stone painting’ and PowerPoint for teachers and youth leaders.

Once you have painted your stone, please share them online using the hashtag #FoundationStones

Then, please post your stones to:

Big Ideas
School 360
5 Sugar House Lane
London
E15 2RB
United Kingdom

If you are unable to post your stones due to the number of people taking part please email foundationstones@big-ideas.org to discuss collection.

Everybody who takes part, will receive a digital certificate of participation from the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. Register your stone to receive your certificate.

Information and further resources on the Holocaust and other genocides:

UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation – Foundation for delivery of the new UK HolocaustMemorial and Learning Centre.

45 Aid Society– Working with 2nd and 3rd generation survivors, sharing their stories around the UK.

Anne Frank Trust UK – Education charity using the diary of Anne Frank to challenge prejudice.

The Association of Jewish Refugees– Provides services to Holocaust refugees and survivors in the United Kingdom.

Holocaust Educational Trust– Raising awareness and understanding of the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust – Commemorates the Holocaust and more recent genocides on 27 January each year.

National Holocaust Centre – Exhibitions and online resources relating to Holocaust testimony.

Remembering Srebrenica -Sharing testimonies from survivors of the massacre of Srebrenica,1995.

Surf – Education resources and testimonies from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The Ishami Foundation  –  Education resources and testimonies from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  

The Wiener Library – One of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era

Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre with the Shoah Names Database under Digital Collections.

Public history and teachers’ resources:

BBC Teach – Holocaust Memorial Day teaching resources    

Historical Association– Teaching and education resources.

Imperial War Museums – Exhibitions relating to the Holocaust and other genocides.

Schools History Project – Provides resources for history teachers.

UCL Centre for Holocaust Education – London’s global leader in research-informed teacher training in Holocaust education. Offers CPD free to schools.