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This exciting new gallery explores Britain’s Jewish history from the earliest known settlement in 1066 through to the community today.
Highlights include an evocation of a Jewish East End street, bringing to life the sights and sounds of this immigrant quarter of London; an interactive map exploring the history of Jewish settlement around the UK; and poignant displays relating to refugees from Nazism, including the 10,000 unaccompanied children who came to Britain on the Kindertransport.
Drawing on film, audio and interactive displays it tells the stories of people who have come here from areas as diverse as Eastern Europe, India and the Middle East – and how they have become part of British life. There are fun and engaging activities for visitors of all ages, include a great migration board game, Yiddish theatre karaoke and an interactive discovery table in the Living Community display.
A Yiddish typewriter belonging to the playwright Abish Meisels.
During World War II, Meisels was a central figure in the New Yiddish Theatre in Adler Street as a playwright and prompter.