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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

Manchester Jewish Museum, Uncategorized

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


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


“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


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