Manchester Jewish Museum

Workshop with MJM's curator
Creative Activists



Manchester Jewish Museum
Learning Studio



This September we are resuming our Creative Activists project and are looking for enthusiastic, creative people, aged 16-30 to join us and work with us towards a special event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, work with professional mentors and learn new skills, whilst exploring lesser-heard stories from the museum collection.

On Wednesday 28 September we will be meeting for our second session this season. During this meeting we will be joined by Alex, MJM’s curator, who will take us on a journey through the lesser-heard stories from the museum’s collection. Dive deep into old memories, hidden stories and learn more about the ordinary life during important historic events. We hold over 31,000 items in our collection, documenting the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester, only a part of which is on the display. This is a unique chance to see behind the scenes and explore those stories which may not be heard that often.

We will then use the stories we’ve heard during creative writing exercises with writer Becky Prestwich. Becky is a regular writer on Holby City and Doctors. She has written four Afternoon Dramas for BBC Radio 4 (one of which, Just the Three of Us, has been nominated for The Tinniswood Award 2021 for Best Audio Drama), has written for BBC3 and has an original crime drama in development with Lime Pictures. As a playwright, she specialises in work with community casts and in non-traditional theatre spaces, including Chip Shop Chips (Box of Tricks Theatre) and Under the Market Roof (Junction 8 Theatre). Her community play for the reopening of the Bolton Octagon has now been reimagined as an audio piece and recorded by the Young Octagon actors.

What you need to know
This is the second session of our regular creative meetings, during which we will be working with spoken word, textiles, music and performance to uncover hidden stories and explore how Holocaust continues to affect people to this day.

The meetings are informal, with tea, coffee and a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. No previous experience necessary, just bring yourself and an open mind!

If you have any questions about the Creative Activists project, e-mail

Related Events

During our first session this autumn we will introduce the co-creation project and talk about the final event in January 2023. We will then be joined by Len Grant, a Manchester-based award-winning photographer and writer, who will share with us two interesting projects from his portfolio.