Manchester Jewish Museum




Learning Studio



Do you like to get creative at home? Whether that’s making cartoons, furniture, pottery, prints, fabrics, or clothes? Then we have the group for you!

‘The Crafty Corner’ is a space where you will get to explore, experiment, and express your creative side. Every workshop we will explore a story from the museum’s collection about a trade or craft and create an artistic response to its themes, craft process or medium. There will be opportunities in some sessions to learn from visiting artists and work together as a group to create some amazing crafts – from woodwork to fabrics.

In this session we will be continuing to create shoes, inspired by the story of Nathan Seaberg, who came to the UK from Riga, Latvia and worked as a shoemaker from his home in Hightown, Manchester in the 1910s. Don’t worry if this is the first time you are joining us, there is plenty of time to help grow and develop our shoes!

All activities are collaborative so you can join up with some other members of the group. We will be getting creative with faux leather and fabric, as we start to pull together the shoe template and design the shape.


This group is open to anyone over the age of 18, and to all identities, backgrounds, and cultures. Don’t worry if this is your first-time making crafts, we welcome beginners and seasoned pros – and believe in the power of supporting one another in getting creative!

All materials used in the making of shoes are vegetarian.

The workshop is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and there will be refreshments provided.

All materials are included as part of the workshop but do feel free to bring any creations you are working on to share with the group. We’d love to see!

Our 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. We have a wheelchair available to hire, free of charge, during your visit. Please click here for more access information. If you have any additional access needs, let us know by e-mailing so we can best support.

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In this session we will be working on a new song, which will go inside our new time capsule to mark the 150th anniversary of our synagogue. Using words written by our local communities, we will weave together a ‘Song for the Future’, exploring what people love about Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall and Manchester Jewish Museum.