About us

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity established and funded by the UK Government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK Commemorative Ceremony and more than 10,000 local activities taking place all across the UK on or around 27 January each year.

The UK played a leading role in establishing HMD as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration.

The UK Government had responsibility for running HMD from 2001-2005, organised through the Home Office.

In May 2005 HMDT was registered as a charity (charity no: 1109348) and the Home Secretary appointed HMDT Trustees for the first time. The professional team started work in October 2005.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (previously Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government) has funded our work since 2007.

To date, we have overseen massive growth of local HMD activities. We have worked in partnership with many organisations to ensure the life stories of survivors are shared with hundreds of thousands of people. 

In March 2023 we launched Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 in Review, a publication summarising the work of HMDT in promoting and supporting Holocaust Memorial Day and setting out how we are achieving the five goals which guide our organisation. 

With reflections on HMD across the UK, HMD 2023 projects, the UK Online Commemoration and more, this publication explores how thousands of organisations and individuals marked HMD 2023. 

HMDT is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is made up of a diverse range of individuals and organisations. Our Trustees set the strategic vision and have responsibility for the governance of the charity. 

We are privileged that The former Prince of Wales is Patron of HMDT.

Patron: The Former Prince of Wales

Supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

A registered charity in England and Wales (1109348) and Scotland (SC051197)
A limited company registered in England and Wales (05415454)

Registered office: Third Floor, 130 Wood Street, London, EC2V 6DL
Postal address: PO Box 61074, London, SE1P 5BX