Jewish Museum

Lord Young is Jewish museum chair

June 10, 2010

Lord Young is the new chairman of the Jewish Museum, which has re-opened in Camden after a £10 million redevelopment.

The Conservative peer, a minister in Margaret Thatcher's government, brings wide business, cultural and communal experience to the role.

He paid tribute to those involved in the redevelopment for creating "an institution which does credit to the Jewish community and one of which we can all be truly proud.

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Manchester Jewish Museum's director on leave

May 6, 2010

The cash-strapped Manchester Jewish Museum has suffered another setback with its director having to take extended leave because of health concerns.

Stuart Hilton has suspected ligament problems in his spine, making it difficult for him to walk. His absence could jeopardise the museum's financial recovery after a positive initial response to its emergency financial appeal for £5 monthly donations.

"We know we are getting an extra £1,000 income, which is brilliant, but is nowhere near our target of £6,000 a month," Mr Hilton explained.

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Jewish Museum opened by Nigella Lawson

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010

The new Jewish Museum opened to the public this week following a two-year, £10 million refurbishment project.

Housing one of the world's most impressive Judaica collections, the Camden museum has already received critical acclaim and promises to showcase Jewish life in Britain, cultural diversity and use technology to bring history to life.

It was officially opened on Tuesday by cook and broadcaster Nigella Lawson, and BBC creative director Alan Yentob.

Mr Yentob said it would be a facility "not just for religious Jews, but for people interested in their own past.

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A little boy remembered

By Simon Rocker, March 18, 2010

The opening of London's renovated Jewish Museum on Wednesday coincided with a poignant anniversary: it would have been the 70th birthday of Barney Greenman, who was murdered in Auschwitz with his mother Esther.

Barney's father, Leon, survived to become one of Britain's best known speakers about the Holocaust, a tireless campaigner against racism for 60 years until his death two years ago aged 97.

Leon's experiences form the central part of the museum's Holocaust section, with Barney's shoes and the toy truck his father made for him among its most moving exhibits.

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It cost £10m, but will it keep the children busy?

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

The newly-refurbished Jewish Museum opens on Wednesday after a two-year, £10 million transformation. It boasts one of the finest collections of Judaica in the world, four permanent galleries and dozens of state-of-the-art interactive displays. Families will love it, say the museum's administrators. But will they?

There is only one way to find out - send in a family and see what they make of Anglo-Jewry's newest attraction.

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Jewish Museum £10m makeover almost complete

By Robyn Rosen, February 18, 2010

Finishing touches are being applied to the £10 million refurbishment of the Jewish Museum in Camden.

The state-of-the-art building will open to the public on March 17 with four permanent galleries and another for temporary exhibitions, a 100-seat auditorium, education space, café and shop. It will be three times the size of the previous space, combining its Albert Street premises with an adjacent former piano factory.

Building work began over two years ago and the project has benefited from a £4.2 million lottery grant.

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EC funds Jewish museums to go digital

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2010

Jewish museums and libraries will have their collections ‘digitised’ and will be available online, after a £1.3m grant was awarded from the European Commission for the project.

Jewish collections, including photos of artefacts, books, videos and sound archives from museums like London’s Jewish museum and the British Library, will be searchable online through ‘Europeana’, a search engine for European culture designed by the European Union.

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Museum pays £26,000 for rare Chagall

By Jessica Elgot, January 4, 2010

The London Jewish Museum of Art - the Ben Uri Gallery - has bought a rare Marc Chagall painting for a fraction of its value after spotting it in a Paris auction.

The museum, based in St John’s Wood, London, secretly bought the 1945 work Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio, which had been previously unknown to collectors, for £26,600.

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Boris praises museum’s education role

July 2, 2009

The educational role of the Jewish Museum will become increasingly important in the fight against rising antisemitism, one of its leading supporters said last week.

In welcoming Mayor of London Boris Johnson as guest of honour at its annual dinner Lady Wendy Levene, chair of the museum’s development committee, told the 200 guests at Mansion House in the City of London that antisemitism has become rife and acceptable in mainstream society.

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Museum piece from 10cc

April 23, 2009

Legendary seventies pop group 10cc have added an extra date to their 2009 tour to support the Manchester Jewish Museum’s 25th anniversary.

Original 10cc member Graham Gouldman has a special affinity with the museum, which his father Hymie helped to set up. On learning of the landmark birthday, he committed the band to a fundraising concert in June at the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation premises. Museum director Stuart Hilton reports that over half the 400 tickets have already been snapped up.

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