Manchester Jewish Museum

Time Capsule!
Songwriting Group



Learning Studio



Do you love to write? Or have an interest in exploring music? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written songs before, we are an open group for anyone of any ability!

Our Song-writing Group meet monthly to work with amazing composers, singers, writers and musicians to create new music and poems inspired by the stories in our collection and your own experiences.

In this session we will be working on a new song inspired by the museum’s historic time capsule! In Spring 2021 during the museum’s renovation, builders made an astonishing discovery of a time capsule hidden in the historic synagogue’s walls. The glass jar, complete with its wax seal intact, was discovered by a builder hidden deep in a wall cavern next to the Museum’s Ark (the holy cupboard which houses the Torah Scrolls). Filled with money, synagogue papers and newspapers, these original artefacts are dated from around the time when the synagogue was first founded in 1873. Early synagogue minutes show records of the capsule being laid in the cornerstone of the original building.


Image: Alex Cropper, Manchester Jewish Museum’s curator and Eugenie Karen, Conservation Officer from Manchester Central Library opening the 1873 time capsule found in the walls of the museum’s historic synagogue

We have created a new chorus and will be working out how to weave together verses written by the museum’s different communities. This song will go inside our new time capsule to mark the 150th anniversary of our synagogue. Exciting!

Don’t worry if you’re new to the group, our doors are always open for new members – it’s a supportive space to try something new! No writing or music experience necessary. If you have an instrument you’d like to bring along, please feel free.

What you need to know

The session is open to anyone aged 18 and over, of any level that is interested in exploring music and song writing– beginners and seasoned pros!

The workshop is 2 hours long and there will be refreshments provided. There is no need to bring anything to the session, but if you’d like to bring an instrument you would be more than welcome to.

If you have any questions about the group, e-mail Gemma on


Our new building includes step free access to the entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and accessible gender neutral toilets. Click HERE for more access information. If you have any additional needs please email Gemma on in advance so we can best support.


We are just a 15 minute walk from Victoria Station and Manchester’s Green Quarter. Both the 41 and 135 buses stop on Cheetham Hill Road within 100m from the museum’s entrance at the Elizabeth Street and Derby Street stops. Click HERE for more information on getting here.

Related Events

Join us this month as we welcome in the Year of the Dragon by making some delicious vegetable dumplings that are traditionally eaten to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We’ll also be looking at how the Jewish community like to celebrate the New Year, known as Rosh Hashanah. Come along to share your New Year traditions and make and eat some delicious food!
This month we’ll be joined by artist Laura Nathan, who is currently undertaking a residency at the museum. Laura will share with us some personal objects, including her grandmother’s needle case brought with her when she came to England in 1939 on the Kindertransport, as well as her own artworks, and explore how her heritage has informed her practice.