A leading Holocaust educational institution will receive a £1.2 million funding boost, after being selected for membership of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio.

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (NHC) will get £300,00 for each of the next four years, enabling it to expand its educational work.

In being selected Portfolio status, the NHC becomes one of 831 organisations in the arts and culture sector to receive a total of £1.6 billion over the next four years.

The Nottingham-based centre is known for its ground breaking Forever Project which uses advanced digital technology to deliver survivor testimony to children.

The initiative involves the use of cutting-edge technology which displays survivors as 3D projections, able to give testimony and answer questions.

The software is able to identify responses from a bank of up to 1,000 pre-recorded answers, matching it the the one which is most relevant to the question asked

Increased funding for the centre over the next four years will enable it to expand its educational outreach and arts programmes, especially with schoolchildren.

NHC Chief Executive Phil Lyons said: “We are absolutely delighted to be joining the Arts Council’s National Portfolio. The Centre does exceptionally important work, both in keeping alive the history of the events of the Holocaust, and working with young people and adults today. “Building awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice has never been more important, and National Portfolio support will help to underpin and expand this work over the next 4 years. As a result of this funding, and the continued support of key partners including major Holocaust education champion the Pears Foundation, we hope that thousands more people will be able to connect with the Centre’s work, whether they live in the neighbourhood or farther afield.”