Jewish Museum London wins Museum Association ‘Museums Change Lives’ Award

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Jewish Museum London is delighted to announce that it has been crowned winner of the Museums Association ‘Museums Change Lives’ Award for the major exhibition, ‘Jews, Money, Myth’.

This category champions the work of individuals and institutions working with and for their communities and represents innovative projects working to inspire change in the lives of their audiences, reflecting a broad range of voices, regions and themes. Jewish Museum London beat off strong competition from the Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Maritime Museum, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and Time and Tide Museum.

‘Jews, Money, Myth’ explores the role of money in Jewish life and its often vexed place in relations between Jews and non-Jews, from the time of Jesus to the 21st century. It examines the origins of some of the longest running and deeply entrenched antisemitic stereotypes: the theological roots of the association of Jews with money; the myths and reality of the medieval Jewish moneylender; and the place of Jews – real and imagined – in commerce, capitalism and finance up to the present day.

Dominik Czechowski, Head of Exhibitions of the Jewish Museum commented: “We are thrilled to have won the Museums Association ‘Museums Change Lives’ award. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to not only the dedication of our teams at the Museum but also the significance of ‘Jews, Money, Myth’ in combating antisemitism and building an understanding of diversity in today’s uncertain times.”

Sharon Heal, Director of the Museums Association said: “We are all too aware of the divisions that our society is facing – the ability to see and accommodate difference, to empathise and to find commonality is a real issue. It was so heartening to hear how the Jewish Museum London is responding to those challenges.”

Due to popular demand, the exhibition run was extended and will now close on 17 October 2019.

The exhibition has been developed by the Jewish Museum London in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London.
Generously supported by David and Clare Kershaw.
Commissions and Public Programme made possible with Art Fund support.

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Josephine Noti
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About Jewish Museum London
Our mission at the Jewish Museum London is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge prejudice, and encourage understanding.

Upcoming exhibition:

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?
8 November 2019 – 1 March 2020

The next major exhibition at the Jewish Museum presents one of the most important and powerful modernist achievements of the 20th century – the singular and complex artwork ‘Life? or Theatre?’ by German-Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon (born Berlin 1917 – died Auschwitz 1943).