Author Archives: andrea

Don’t Leave the Best for Last

  This is my first New Year’s resolution: I will use the inverted pyramid structure in everything I write for the museum.  I already knew this but it was last week’s writing workshop with TextWorkshop which convinced me to put it … Continue reading

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Museum acquires rare silver plate uniting two Manchester families and Pope Pius IX.

 The Museum has recently acquired an engraved silver plate with a fascinating history connecting two Manchester Sephardi families and Pope Pius IX! The story of this plate starts inJerusalemin 1846. The Chief Rabbi of Palestine was one Hayim Avraham Gaguin. … Continue reading

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Chagall, Soutine and friends draw the crowds

My office opens onto our temporary exhibition space. I’ve got to walk through that space before I can get anywhere else in the museum.  Normally I can stride straight through with a polite nod to one or two visitors. Since … Continue reading

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Increase in Visitor Feedback due to Touch Screen Survey

Like all museums we are eager to receive feedback from our visitors.  Until now we had  found this a bit of a struggle.  Green feedback forms were handed to visitors as they paid their entrance fees, but despite polite requests … Continue reading

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Books old and new.

I’ve just been looking at our autumn events schedule and there is definitely an emphasis on books and reading. Having just watched the first episode of Simon Schama’s series The Story of the Jews, it’s great to know that the … Continue reading

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School of Paris Exhibition

“School of Paris exhibition” Since June we have been hosting the School of Paris exhibition featuring works by Chagall and Soutine and other Jewish artists. This exhibition which has raised our standing on Manchester’s cultural circuit. Through this and through … Continue reading

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“Bar Mitzvah Boy” at Manchester Jewish Museum

We’re currently hosting the Jewish Theatre Company as they present Jack Rosenthal’s comedy classic “The Bar Mitzvah Boy”.  We are sold out for every night and there are just one or two tickets left for Sunday’s matinee.  Finally the phones have … Continue reading

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Launch of New Tours at MJM

Since January we have been developing two new tours of the museum in order to improve the visitor experience. In both tours visitors can find out about Jewish life in Manchester through the experiences of real individuals who lived in the … Continue reading

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An Audience with Maureen Lipman

On Thursday March 7th we welcomed Maureen Lipman to the Museum.  Our main hall was jam-packed with visitors all eager to hear what she had to say. The event was organised to mark the start of our exhibition about the careers of … Continue reading

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Getting ready for “Jack and Maureen”

It’s an absolutely glorious spring day here in Manchester– which is exactly what you’d expect. In the exhibition room next door to my office there is a hive of activity. Yesterday the resources and material for our next exhibition were … Continue reading

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