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The director of the Jewish Museum in Manchester died this week, two months after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Stuart Hilton, 64, led the museum to tourist awards in his five years as director and was credited with keeping it operational amid financial difficulties. He took long-term leave some weeks ago and died on Monday evening at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, near to his home in west Yorkshire.

Although Mr Hilton's mother was Jewish, he lived outside the community. He became dedicated to Jewish causes after accepting a senior teaching job at the strictly Orthodox Etz Chaim Boys' School in Manchester.

In a statement, staff paid tribute to his contribution to social cohesion through the museum's educational programmes for thousands of non-Jewish schoolchildren across the north-west.

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