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An emotion is a feeling you have that can’t be described in words. Emotions can range from being ecstatic from distraught. When you can’t describe how you feel in words, emotion can express this. The emotion of amazement is a feeling of confusion, feeling shocked and a sense of awe at someone or something. It cause you to feel eager to learn more, expand your knowledge and to help others.

We chose this emotion because it brings up connotations of being surprised and amazed. By being amazed, you have an opportunity to learn new things and feel inspired to explore many ideas and topics. It also makes you want to share your knowledge to others and to teach them and show them things that may surprise them. In society, we can find it difficult to notice the small things that can have a big impact and change peoples life. It makes us feel surprised and have a sense of awe and amazement that we never knew we could feel.

By Tyra, Ruby, Arabella and Sade

Explore the Collection

Daniel Mendoza Jug

Image of Mendoza Jug

On Wednesday 9 January 1788 a fight took place at Odiham in Hampshire. You would fight your opponent until they would pass out. Mendoza created the ducking technique, this is where he would duck to miss getting hit. By ducking he was also exhausting the other. People bet 50 thousand pounds that Mendoza would win (which now is 7.1 million) and they lost their money.

I was quite shocked that the ducking technique was created in the 18th century instead of earlier in history. People bet money to show that he was a role model and the fact that the Jewish community looked up to him.

Tyra, Year 10

Doris Benjamin's nurses cape

A red cape with badges on it

This cape was owned by Doris Benjamin who joined the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) in 1944. On the outside to viewers it is navy blue. But when you reveal the inside it shows a red lining full of the 177 badges of soldiers Doris cared for while volunteering. It was a tradition of soldiers giving their nurse their infantry badges which is shown on her cape. This demonstrates modesty from the blue outside but when you reveal the badges it shows the brilliant work she did and how she helped others.

This image relates to the feeling of  amazement. It is presented when you reveal the badges. They represent the sheer scale of the soldiers from all around the world that needed care from nurses such as Doris.

Ruby, Year 10

Jewish Chronicle Newspaper Appeal, 1920

In 1918, a group of women founded a Ladies Zionist Committee. They believed women should have equal role in Zionist politics. Many of them fought for wider rights for women like them being able to participate in politics in the UK.

I chose this object because it shows that despite not initially having equal rights, these women overcame this and were determined to change this for themselves and future generations. Instead of accepting the fact that they didn’t have the same chances as others in life, they didn’t accept this and do nothing. They fought with all their might to finally achieve equality.

Arabella, Year 10

Jewish Wedding Rings

Small sized rings with tiny details along the band. Some of the rings have very intricate buildings on top of them in rose gold.

I chose this object for the emotion because the rings are eye-catching as they are so different from any rings I’ve seen before. The ones I’m used to seeing have some type of diamond or jewel on top of them and the Jewish ones don’t.

Sade, Year 10