Councillors, Communists and Cockneys

Like so many arriving through the doors of the Jewish Museum London, I came with questions about family. I came to my collections placement with the aim of finding some evidence of a connection between my relatives and any objects at the museum. Something to bridge the gap between family legend and historical fact. Ideally, […]

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The delicacy of Jewish design & culture

We often think of Jewish culture with its most iconic objects such as the Menorah or Torah. However, we seem to underrate the value of Jewish jewellery. You might accidentally pass over them due to their tiny appearance but it’s hard to ignore the impact of these delicate gems. During my placement in the Jewish […]

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Print Matters at the Jewish Museum London

As part of my Collections Placement at the Jewish Museum London (JML), I have audited many of the Museum’s prints, plates, and printmaking tools. Among the objects I have been handling and researching have been photographic etching plates; aleph-bet woodblocks; 17th century books; Harry Blacker’s satirical cartoons (as featured in the 2018 exhibition); and tools […]

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A Girl’s Exile across the Sea: The Life Story of Grete Glauber

Grete Glauber’s article, “My First Impression of England, ” is one of the many artefacts that caught my attention during my Collections Placement at the Jewish Museum London. Her positive tone and confident writing form a strong contrast to the circumstances that brought her to England. Grete is one of approximately ten thousand children who arrived […]

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The best medicine? Laughter (and chicken soup)!

Many people like to say that the best medicine is laughter. This begs a couple of questions: firstly, why has laughter often been held in this regard by humanity, especially in Jewish culture? Now, I do not mean to investigate how the brain processes humour; I’m no scientist. Rather, I would like to consider how […]

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Coronation of King Charles III

The Jewish Museum London wishes to congratulate His Majesty King Charles III on the occasion of his coronation on 6 May.

His Majesty has been Patron of the Jewish Museum London since 2008 when we became His Majesty’s first patronage of a Jewish Community organisation with a remit in the United Kingdom. This long standing relationship reflects King Charles’s deep commitment to promoting and preserving British Jewish Heritage and the Jewish faith.

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Wedding Dresses in the JML’s Collection

During my Collections Placement at the Jewish Museum London, I have been assisting in the audit of the museum’s collection of clothing and textiles, as part of the wider audit project which involves looking at all 40,000 objects within the collection. The clothing in the museum’s collection is incredibly eclectic, with garments originating from all […]

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Fleeing Vienna on a Wing and a Prayer Book

As part of my Collections Placement work at the Jewish Museum London, I have been assisting in the audit of the museum’s sizeable collection of prayer books. I have examined scores of sidurim and machzorim from all around the world and from centuries apart, printed and handwritten, leather-bound and adorned in silver. One could be […]

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The passing of Edgar Samuel

Jewish Museum London is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Edgar Samuel, former Director of the Museum from 1983 to 1995. During his time as Director, Edgar Samuel transformed the Museum displays and exhibitions and oversaw the relocation of the displays to Camden Town. We are deeply grateful for his dedication and years […]

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