Keep on telling our story
The Jewish Museum explores who we are, covering aspects as diverse as art and football
ADRAMATIC redevelopmenthasgiventheJewish Museum a beautiful, inspiring home for itsworld-renownedcollections and modern facilities for an exciting future. The museum is a joy to visit, a cultural landmark and home to world-class objects and exhibitions that tell the extraordinary story of Jewish life in Britain, from 1066 to today.
The displays on religion and social history which form the core of its galleries are complemented by exciting changing exhibitions highlighting aspects of Jewish identity and culture. In 2013, these will include a retrospective of one of the most significant artists in post-war Britain, R.B. Kitaj and an exhibition on Jews and football, showing how the beautiful game has shaped — and been shaped by — British Jews. The museum is also an award-win- ning educational centre, where imaginations are sparked, misconceptions challenged and prejudices overcome. The 14,000 pupils whotakepartin the museum’s schools programmes each year leave with knowledge of Jewish life, understanding of inter-faith connections and greater curiosity about the world.
The Discovering Judaism, History and Citizenship, and Holocaust Education programmes include workshops entitled Every Object Tells a Story, Totally Torah and Change and Responsibility. Students write in Hebrew with a real quill pen, explore objects in the collection, discover how children their age experience Jewish life, or hear the accounts of a Holocaust or Kindertransportsurvivor.ThenewLondon Linksschoolsandmuseumpartnership targets schools in areas such as HackneyandTowerHamlets,which are rich in Jewish history but where this history is not always taught. The museum links Jewish history with streets and buildings these children know well, highlighting the relevance of Jewish history to other communities and to people today, ensuring that stories of Jewish life continue to be told and that the significance of the Jewish community as a vital part of British life, is recognised throughout society long into the future.
Visiting pupils learn about history and citizenship