Who we are
The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust Ltd. (a company limited by guarantee)
Harwich Kindertransport Memorial Appeal is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, registered charity no. 1099682
We have embarked on a journey to the create a new memorial statue and a supporting educational programme in the town which was the main point of entry for most of the nearly 10,000 children of the Kindertransport between 1938 and 1939. Most were from Jewish families persecuted and terrorised by the Nazis. Many hundreds of them spent their first weeks in this country at the Dovercourt Holiday Camp just two miles from the docks.
The new memorial will differ from all the others in two crucial ways: it will emphasise Harwich’s maritime role; the children will be seen descending from a ship’s gangplank on to dry land. Secondly, visitors to the memorial will see that it is part of something much bigger – a whole town engaged in telling the refugee story: a town trail, a garden of reflection, museum exhibits and an education programme will enhance the experience of visiting the artist’s immensely moving memorial figures.
We seek to have Harwich and Dovercourt developed as a heritage and educational hub to attract visitors from schools and communities across the region and beyond.
The links between Kindertransport history and current refugee issues are a crucial part of our vision. The new resources will seek to educate young people in the crucial role played by refugees in this country and the importance of supporting efforts to help those fleeing from war, hunger and persecution to find a place of refuge in Britain.
Harwich is ready once again to play its part. In the 1930s it was a gateway to freedom, now the town is ready to play its part once more.
Mike Levy, Hon Chair
Nigel Spencer, MBE DL, Hon Vice Chair
Karen Van Coevorden, Hon Secretary
Michael Payne, Hon Treasurer
Sue Daish, Harwich Haven Authority Pier Master
David Whittle, Curator, Harwich Museum
Graham Crame, Contemporary Refugee Crisis Advisor and representative of Hope and Aid Direct
Ex officio team members
Lesley Ford, Keystage Arts and Heritage, Project Management
Helen Brown – Community Liaison Manager