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Remembrance Day and a very special Yartzeit Candle

    This Yartzeit candle originally belonged to the Manchester Great Synagogue. Its purpose was to honour “soldier members of the synagogue who fell in the Great War”. A few months ago the museum sent it off for some much … Continue reading


Catering for the Jewish Community

  Did Filson’s cater your bar mitzvah or wedding?  I was thinking about this yesterday during a reminiscence training day organised by Age Exchange UK for staff and volunteers of Manchester Jewish Museum and The Fed. MJM in partnership with … Continue reading



  What kind of person wakes up one morning and decides to cover their kitchen worktops in plastic, their oven hobs in tinfoil and kitchen shelves with paper? Are they following a crazy new trend in interior design?  No, like … Continue reading


Names from the past: The Laski Family

  I’ve been racking my brains this week trying to remember why a certain name rings a bell with me. It all started when the Curator at MJM said she was about to retrieve some portraits of important Jewish Mancunians … Continue reading


Teaching for first time in 6 years (and they give me a class of 49 pupils!)

  Six years ago I gave up teaching English in a secondary school for a quiet life working in a museum.  We are a bit short of volunteer teachers at the moment so I said I would dust off my … Continue reading


Installing a new exhibition: Encounter with the Holocaust – Personal Reflections by Gary Spicer

  We are in the process of installing Gary Spicer’s exhibition “Encounter with the Holocaust”. Stark white walls spattered with black and red are the first things to see right now.  The black and the red are writing. Some of … Continue reading


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


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


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


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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