The Jewish Museum

Jewish Britain

A History in 50 Objects


The Objects

Deed box which provided residents of the Jews’ Temporary Shelter with a safe place to keep their valuables

Jews’ Temporary Shelter deed box

Camera used by the well-known East End wedding photographer, Boris Bennett

Boris Bennett’s camera

An issue of The Stepnian, the Stepney Jewish Lads’ Club magazine, containing club news and activities, as well as poems and letters

Magazine for the Stepney Jewish Lads’ Club

Banner for the Jews’ Hospital and Orphan Asylum, later becoming Norwood, which provided residential care for Jewish orphans from the 1860s to the 1960s

Jews’ Hospital and Orphan Asylum banner

Decorative plate presented to Israel Zangwill, a prominent writer and political activist, in 1915. The plate was produced to commemorate Zangwill’s robust treatment of a heckler who called him an “an...

Zangwill plate

Sign used to advertise the Russian Vapour Baths in Brick Lane, which were used by the large immigrant Jewish community living in London’s East End from the late 19th century.

Russian Vapour Baths sign

Collar from the Stuart M Samuel Lodge, Order of Achei Brith Friendly Society. Collars like this were worn by the president and other senior members of the society.

Friendly Society collar

Pamphlet produced in the late 1940s by the 43 group, a political grouping of Jewish servicemen, to combat antisemitism on British streets following World War II

Danger, Fascists at Work

Singer sewing machine, dating from c.1912, used by an East End family

Singer treadle sewing machine

Tools used by Matthew Shaw when he was a furrier in the 1920s and 1930s – furriery was a popular trade for many Jewish immigrants who settled in the UK from eastern Europe from the late 1880s

Furrier's hand tools

Photograph of Dora Shuster collecting money for the London Jewish Hospital

Dora Shuster collecting for the London Jewish Hospital