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Welcome to the exhibitions listing page. Here, you will be able to find out about events past, present and future that promote the research and outreach work of the Parkes Institute.

James Parkes and the Age of Intolerance - A Travelling Exhibition

About the exhibition

This exhibition explores James Parkes’ pioneering work as a tireless fighter against antisemitism in all forms. In the 1930s, Parkes helped to rescue Jewish refugees, and he campaigned for European Jewry during the Holocaust. During the Second World War, Parkes helped found the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ). As part of his international campaigning and scholarship, Parkes built up a library and associated archive, which was transferred to the University of Southampton in 1964. This library is now one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe and the only one in the world devoted to Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

This exhibition was curated by Dr Chad McDonald, who recently completed a PhD examining the British memory of the Holocaust. He is now a Visiting Fellow in the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton and the Social Media Editor for the internationally-renown journal, Patterns of Prejudice.

The South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Arts and Humanities Research Council) generously funded the creation of this exhibition. The exhibition contains materials reproduced with the kind permission of the University of Southampton’s Special Collections.

The exhibition’s tour

This page will be updated as the exhibition about the life and work of James Parkes travels around the country. Please check back regularly, as additional dates and venues continue to be added to the tour. Pictures and summarises of events will be uploaded after events.

For any queries about the exhibition, please contact the exhibition’s curator and projector co-ordinator, Dr Chad McDonald ( You can follow him on Twitter @Chad_McDonald.

Click on the links below to find out more about where the exhibition has visited:

Future venues:

Some events have been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check back for any revisions or updates to the exhibition’s tour. If you have any questions or want to check if an event is still happening, please contact Chad.

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