Historic kosher shop restored for Mersey museum exhibit

Store frontage is a reminder of a once thriving Jewish area


The dismantled Art Deco facade of a former Liverpool kosher butcher’s shop is being cleaned before its restoration as part of a Museum of Liverpool display.

With its distinctive green tiles, Galkoff’s was a feature of Pembroke Place, near the city centre, which served the community from 1907 to the late 1970s, when Jews moved to the suburbs.

The building — one of two heritage sites on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine campus — was awarded Grade II status in 2007 because of its “nationally unique” facade.

Poppy Learman, one of the museum leaders of the Lottery-funded project, said the team had conducted “extensive research into the lives, businesses and homes of Pembroke Place and the surrounding area. They have uncovered information about everything from roller skating Victorians to a former zoo and grizzly murders.

“We have enjoyed gathering the personal and poignant stories, meeting many people with links to Pembroke Place and the Jewish community that once called it home.”

The exhibit is expected to open later this year.

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