Manchester Jewish Museum

ABOUT US

Manchester Jewish Museum is a place to experience how we are different, together.

Our museum first opened in 1984, housed in a Grade II* listed 1874 (former) Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Cheetham Hill, one of the most diverse areas in Manchester.

Following a £6m redevelopment and extension our new museum includes a new gallery, vegetarian café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as complete restoration of our synagogue.

We hold over 31,000 items in our collection, documenting the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester. The collection is considered by historians to be of national and international significance and our synagogue has been described by Historic England as “one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture in the country”.

We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society to explore both our differences and similarities and celebrate that which makes people unique and that which connects us all. In doing so we look to spark reaction and change and to make real the knowledge that there is more that binds us together than separates us.

We boldly explore and combine educational, cultural and artistic experiences to encourage those with whom we come into contact to feel and believe that we are all better together.

We make connections to make things better.

CORE SUPPORTERS

Registered in England, Manchester Jewish Museum is a company limited by guarantee (Company No. 8370403), a registered charity (Charity No. 1154353), VAT registered (VAT No. 177 7230 85) and Accredited Museum (No. 179).

Synagogue, 1900s

Museum Synagogue, pre redevelopment

Manchester Jewish Museum extension, May 2021

Manchester Jewish Museum, June 2021

Synagogue, 1900s

Eat the Archives in our Learning Kitchen, 2021

Synagogue, 1900s

Visitors in our synagogue, 2021

Cheetham Hill, Manchester's historic Jewish quarter

OUR MANIFESTO

A place to experience and explore how we are different, together.

Manchester Jewish Museum is common ground; a hospitable place that makes connections by showing and sharing universal experiences through the stories of one particular culture.

We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society, in order to explore both our differences and similarities, and to celebrate that which makes people unique and that which connects us all.

In doing so we look to spark reaction and change and to make real the knowledge that there is more that binds us together than separates us.

We boldly explore and combine educational, cultural and artistic experiences to encourage those with whom we come into contact to feel and believe that we are all better together.

We make connections to make things better.

OUR VALUES

Imagination – we are creative, playful and daring; we open minds and generate energy.

Bravery – our ambitions are motivated by development, growth and change; we are open-minded.

Belonging – we actively celebrate diversity, and we promote acceptance.

Impact – our mission is to be relevant, useful and to make an impact on audiences, neighbourhood, our sector and on society.

CONTACT

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester M8 8LW
UK

Meet the Team

Max Dunbar

Chief Executive

Alex Cropper

Curator

Gareth Redston

Head of Programmes

Gemma Meek

Creative Producer (Adults)

Dara Laughlin

Creative Producer (Children & Young People)

Dan Jarvis

Marketing & Communications Manager

Kate Vandor

Head of Commercial Operations

Amanda Griffiths

Finance & Administration Manager

Lisa Everingham

Café Team Leader

Joe Davey

Café Team Leader

Andrea Donner

Programme Administrator

Board of Trustees

Andrew Singer QC (Chair)
Cath Birchall (Treasurer)
Richard Chapman QC
Max Dunbar (CEO)
David Jaffa
Helen Jenkins
Jennifer Marin
Philip Shapiro

SUPPORT US

Your support means we can bring people together, celebrate diversity and make connections.  Help us continue to connect Jewish stories, culture and traditions to the world and our society. Never has this been more important.

You can help us by making a donation or, from next year, by joining our membership scheme.

VOLUNTEER

Now recruiting.

We are looking for volunteers to join our museum team as we prepare for our big reopening this summer. Whether you’re interested in learning new skills, giving something back or just making new friends and being part of a team, why not get in touch?