Jewish Museum

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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Rare showing on museum 25th

By Cathy Forman, March 5, 2009

Manchester Jewish Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary by staging an exhibition of artefacts not generally shown to visitors.

Explained Alexandra Grime, curator of the Cheetham Hill museum: “We have asked previous curators, volunteers and local historians to choose their favourite item from the extensive collection of objects that we hold. This gives visitors the opportunity to see items that are usually in storage.”

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Irish death

February 5, 2009

Irish Jewish Museum curator Raphael Siev has died after collapsing at the HMD commemoration at Mansion House, Dublin.

He had insisted on giving a reading at the ceremony before going to hospital.

After attending Gateshead Yeshivah and qualifying as a barrister, Mr Siev worked for the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He devoted his latter years to the museum.

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Artist remembered in his home city

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2009

More than 100 people attended the launch of a tribute exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum for artist Simon Black, who died, aged 49, last year after a battle against cancer.

The Reflections exhibition has given his family the opportunity to display his work in his home city after a similar event in London. Sunday’s opening was addressed by the artist’s widow Raina, eldest daughter Bobbi and his sister Jane.

Speaking afterwards, Jane Black said Mancunians would recognise much of the personal and local imagery in his paintings.

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Manchester Jewish Museum draws crowd of 130 to mark 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum drew a crowd of 130 people to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Three Holocaust survivors, Mayer Hersh, Norbert Barrett and Gisela Feldman, lit candles with their children and grandchildren and spoke of their recollections. Pupils from King David, Yavneh and Judith Parker from Withington Girls' School gave presentations and readings. Event organiser Joy Wolfe said: "Having a large participation of young people was rewarding."

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Jewish Musem commemorates Anne Frank's birthday with school trip

June 20, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum commemorated what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday by inviting pupils from across the North West to a special event on June 12. Pupils from Notre Dame High School; Manchester High School For Girls; Two Trees Sports College; and George Salter Collegiate Academy watched a documentary about Anne Frank and were addressed by Holocaust survivors.

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