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6 million+ Charitable Trust

6 million+ Charitable Trust

 

6 million+    Every button counts

6 million+ Charitable Trust was formed in 2014 to create a permanent, public, memorial sculpture in Huddersfield commemorating those killed in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, as a focal point for learning and a reflective space for remembrance. It will be the first of its kind in the North of England.

It also aims to deliver a long term creative learning programme with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to understand how and why genocide occurs and to encourage participants to take positive action against discrimination of any kind.

 

 Installation at Ripon Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2005, over 6 million buttons were collected and brought together as a temporary artwork to illustrate the industrial scale of the Holocaust and other genocides. The collection of buttons started in Kirklees, initiated by the local authority, but soon spread regionally, nationally and even internationally.

 

 

Community Involvement

The project involved thousands of young people, community groups and individuals from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds, in collecting buttons and thinking about genocide and discrimination.

 

The installation of buttons, shaped by artist Antonia Stowe, toured nationally after being first seen in Huddersfield Art Gallery.  The installation was perceived as a stunning artwork; a meaningful memorial to those who died in the Holocaust and more recent genocides; a stimulus for discussion about identity and difference and a context in which to think, reflect and make promises to take positive action.

 

“All of us, young and old, had a glimpse of the industrial scale of human evil and our own potential to do good or to do nothing in the face of it. It was greatly moving. 6 MILLION+ changed lives and attitudes. Above all it informed.” Canon of Ripon Cathedral

 

“I am Kurdish and when I look at these buttons I remember all my people who died in the Halabja attack. Thank you.”  Visitor to 6 million+ at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London

 

A Memorial Sculpture for Holocaust Remembrance

A public consultation process identified the University of Huddersfield as the best site for the memorial sculpture.  Artist Antonia Stowe produced a beautiful design concept of six huge tear shapes made up of buttons and cast in bronze.

 Artist Antonia Stowe with concept board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising and Arts Events

6 million+ Trust is now busy fundraising for the  £1.5 million needed to create and install the permanent memorial on the main concourse of the University of Huddersfield and deliver the creative learning programme. The Trust is working closely with the University and with the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association to realise the vision they share.

 

However, the Trust’s efforts are not confined to fundraising alone. Trustees are preparing to host a programme of arts events for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2016. Activities and events will take place at the University of Huddersfield and involve local community and cultural groups, faith groups, students and young people in performing and presenting drama, music and poetry to the public.

 

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been a Patron of 6 million+ Trust since 2015.  For more information, please visit the 6 million+ Trust website.