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50 Objects: 'London's East End'

Around 150,000 Jewish immigrants settled in Britain from the late 19th century until the early 20th century, and the majority of these made their homes in London’s East End, setting up synagogues, shops and theatres. Our collections reflect the poverty and poor housing of the area but also celebrate the vibrant community that grew and flourished there.

Furrier’s Hand Tools

Furrier hand tools belonging to Matthew Shaw who was a furrier in the 1920s and 1930s. They would have been used to shape fox heads for the fox head fur stoles.

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Friendly Society Collar

A collar from the Stuart M Samuel Lodge, Order of Achei Brith Friendly Society. In return for weekly contributions, members of the society received payments to help them in times of illness and death.

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Zangwill Plate

Decorative plate presented to the prominent writer and political activist Israel Zangwill in 1915 by Morris Myer, editor of the Yiddish newspaper, Di Tsayt.

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Russian Vapour Baths

Metal sign was used to advertise the Russian Vapour Baths in Brick Lane. These baths were more popularly known as ‘Schewzik’s’, after their owner Benjamin Schewzik

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