Mu­seum gets ma­jor in­vest­ment as chair­man eyes change of lo­ca­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

LON­DON’S JEWISH Mu­seum has re­ceived a mul­ti­mil­lion-pound in­jec­tion from a Jewish donor.

Chair­man Lord Young re­vealed that the­mu­seum,in­Cam­den,northLon­don, had re­ceived sev­eral mil­lion pounds from the un­named bene­fac­tor.

It is hoped the money will be used to boost in­ter­est in the mu­seum from young peo­ple, through us­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays.

Lord Young also said he hoped the num­ber of vis­i­tors — cur­rently at 60,000 a year — could be dou­bled if the mu­seum moved to a new site.

He ear­marked the Western Mar­ble Arch Syn­a­gogue in cen­tral Lon­don as the ideal lo­ca­tion.

He said: “We have been look­ing for a new prop­erty for quite some time, but prices are so high. I have one hope — for 35 years, Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue and Western Mar­ble Arch have talked of com­bin­ing. One day it is go­ing to hap­pen.”

He said Mar­ble Arch was cur­rently des­ig­nated for both reli­gious and mu­seum use un­der plan­ning reg­u­la­tions.

“We have said we are se­ri­ously i nt er e s t e d i n Mar­ble Arch,” the peer added.

“We have t o wait un­til they

Lord Young make up their mind. If Mar­ble Arch be­came avail­able, we would go there like a shot. If it doesn’t hap­pen, we will keep on look­ing and find some­thing.”

Mean­while, the mu­seum will host NHS blood tests and donor reg­is­tra­tions as part of its up­com­ing project.

It has col­lab­o­rated with the NHS on its lat­est exhibtion, which ex­am­ines the role of blood in Jewish his­tory. There will be three op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to find out their blood group by un­der­go­ing a fin­ger prick test. The first is on Sun­day. Those who reg­is­ter will then be in­vited to do­nate blood in Fe­bru­ary. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Abi­gail Mor­ris said it was an op­por­tu­nity to try to do some­thing to help.

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