Intern’s Choice: The Jewish Naturalisation Act 1753
We asked our interns to choose their favourite objects in the museum. Stephen chose an object found in our history gallery called the Jewish Naturalisation Act of 1753.
The Act proposed to make the process of becoming a British subject fairer for Jewish immigrants by removing the requirement that they take the Christian sacrament before they can be naturalised. Instead, it allowed Jewish immigrants, after living in Britain for three years, to simply petition Parliament for naturalisation. This would allow Jewish immigrants to become subjects and stay true to their Jewish faith.