The launch of the museum’s latest exhibition “Playing the Game: Sporting Life in Jewish Manchester” took place on Thursday night 21st June.
We were delighted to get table tennis champion Jeff Ingber and Director of the National Football Museum, Kevin Moore to give the opening speeches to the sixty people present. The audience was made up of Volunteers and Friends of the Museum, as well as people who featured in the exhibition or who had helped with research.
Minutes before the first guests arrived I was handed a very high tech camera belonging to our CEO and asked to take photos of the event. Considering I have never owned my own camera and only take the odd snap using my phone, I wasn’t sure whether this was going to work. However, I rose to the occasion and found that I was really enjoying myself, approaching people and persuading them to pose in front of photos of themselves when they were younger. One of the pictures even found its way into a local paper!!
As someone who has only a passing interest in sport, I like the way this exhibition focuses on the social history behind the Jewish community’s participation in sport. I like the personal stories behind the athletes and I love the montage showing pictures of local Jewish sporting teams from the past. It would be easy to spend a couple of hours exploring this exhibition.
The summer holidays is the perfect time to view the exhibition, but for families with young children that is easier said than done. At the museum we like to cater for everyone. We are planning some Sport themed craft sessions for children. So families could combine a visit to the exhibition with one of our Family Friendly Craft workshops. For details of our three “Crafty Olympic Sessions” and our three “Perfect Pennants” sessions have a look at the website at http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/whats-on.