Closer: Portraits of Survival

Katherine Griffiths

The survivor and the object are both witnesses to history and retainers of memory, embodiments of a traumatic past but also conduits to that past, vessels through which we can contemplate the profound and ongoing impact of the Holocaust. As the events of the Holocaust recede ever further into the past, it is the human as well as the historical stories that the survivors and their objects convey that will emblazon this searing memory into the hearts and minds of succeeding generations.


In Closer: Portraits of Survival, Katherine Griffiths has photographed 44 survivors with the objects that are emblematic of their endurance. When witness and relic are reunited, something extraordinary happens - the narrative deepens and the past and present collide. It is our hope that these portraits will help the viewer to connect more deeply and humanely with the Museum’s 'cabinet of curiosities' and bring them closer to the lived experience of those times. 


Opening Hours: 
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Dates of Exhibition: 
26 Mar - 30 Aug