Manchester Jewish Museum

Stamps & Symbols



Learning Studio


£6 full price
£5 concessions (students, people with disabilities, aged 60+, or registered unemployed)
£4 children (under 16, under 5s go free)
£4.50 per person for a families (3-8 people, max 2 adults)
FREE M8 Members, MJM Members and Annual Pass holders

Join us on the first and last Sunday of every month for some hands-on crafting and baking fun!

During each “Make It” session, you will have the opportunity to try a different food, music or craft-based activity, inspired by the museum’s collection. Roll up your sleeves and relax your mind as we bake, write, paint and get creative together!

The theme of our first session, on July 30, is “Stamps & Symbols”. Join us to discover the incredible book of blue-inked stamps in our collection that belonged to the Btesh family, who were one of the earliest Syrian traders to arrive in Manchester.

From 1842, Abraham Btesh operated a fabric trading business in Manchester. Come and discover this amazing book featuring the company’s various trademark designs that would have been stamped on fabric for trade. From Arabic words to animals and plants, these beautiful images are full of character!

Inspired by the stamps in the Btesh book, you’ll get to design your very own stamp that reflects your interests – whether that’s football, food or animals! We’ll be doing lino printing and monoprinting, so something for all ages to enjoy.


These workshops are open to all age groups. All children must be supervised by an adult. We welcome all, individuals, families and friends.

All sessions are drop-in, so you are welcome to pop along whenever suits you.

Attendance is included in general admission, so you will also get a chance to explore the museum and café. Families can also try out one of our family backpacks!

Please contact Maddie with any questions, dietary requirements or allergies prior to the workshop at

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