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A Message for Migrants

Cecil Roth Lecture Award 2017

Love history? Then this competition is for you!

You could win £250 for yourself plus another £250 in vouchers for your school. Two runners-up will also receive £100 each.

The Cecil Roth Lecture Award is for students in Year 9 currently studying in Jewish schools who love history and aim to study history at GCSE and A Level.

To enter you need to design a poster which answers the question ‘What message would you give to people migrating to Britain today?’. The poster needs to be inspired by the museum’s collection and must include a 50 word explanation of their poster plus a title.

Applicants will be judged by an expert panel including Abigail Morris, Chief Executive of Jewish Museum London, and the best entries will be displayed at the museum with the winner and runners-up to be awarded at a special reception.

The award is in memory of Cecil Roth (1899-1970) who was an eminent Historian and specialised in Anglo-Jewish History.

How to enter:

All applicants must send their poster and 50 word explanations to by Monday 18 September 2017.

The panel will then deliberate, with the winners being announced at a reception in Early November 2017 (date TBC). Remember, applicants must be in Year 9 and attend a Jewish school.

Top Tips for Award Applicants:

  • Your poster must be a portrait layout no bigger than A2 (42x59.4cm)
  • The poster must show evidence that the applicant has used the Jewish Museum’s online Objects in Focus learning resource. On Objects in Focus you will find many objects that have stories of migration.
  • The poster must answer the question ‘What message would you give to people migrating to Britain today?’ Your answers are your personal opinion but should also be informed through historical research and through exploring the Museum’s online collection related to migration.
  • Make sure your posters are bright and visually engaging with meaning behind your words and images.  They will be on display within the Jewish Museum London for our visitors to engage with so the message must be clear.
  • Separately, you need to write an explanation for the design of your poster. This can also include your message for migrants or can explain your interest in migration or why you think history and the study of migrant communities is important. This should be no longer than 50 words.
  • The Jewish Museum London is passionate about the contribution of migrant communities to Britain as shown by our collection that celebrates British Jewish history. If you have a history of migration within your family be sure to add personal stories to your poster.


Image (top of page): Photograph of the Isaac family in Petticoat Lane, 1957The Isaacs immigrated to Britain from India early that year.