The Jewish Museum

Jewish Britain

A History in 50 Objects


The Objects

London Jewish Bakersí Union banner reminding shoppers to buy bread with the union label; formed part of the movement which aimed to secure better conditions for workers

London Jewish Bakersí Union banner

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

Boris Bennettís camera

Derby ware figures of Jewish pedlars selling their goods, dating from c.1760.

Porcelain figures of Jewish pedlars

Staffordshire pottery jug, depicting a famous fight between champion boxer Daniel Mendoza and Richard Humphreys in 1788

Mendoza jug

Blue glass finger bowl made in Bristol by Jacobsí Glass, a company founded by Lazarus Jacobs in the late 18th century

Bristol blue glass finger bowl

Silver presentation box presented by the Glasgow Hebrew Community in 1887 to Michael Simons, the first Jewish magistrate in Scotland

Silver presentation box

Yiddish typewriter which belonged to the playright Abish Meisels, who emigrated to London in 1938 and became a central figure in the New Yiddish Theatre in Adler Street

Yiddish typewriter

Modernist style dollís house made by Malcolm Libling, the son of an East End furniture maker, for his daughter Thelma

Thelma's doll's house

Collection box made by the Jewish furniture firm S Hille in 1924

Jewish National Fund collecting box, 1924

Apron worn by Lisbeth Sokal, who came to Britain in 1938 as a refugee from Nazism and worked as a domestic servant.

Lisbeth Sokalís apron

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 Ė 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

Tally sticks dating from the 13th century, used to indicate payment of taxes

Medieval tally sticks