Manchester Jewish Museum

Identity & Heritage through Textiles



Ladies Gallery (Synagogue)


Part of We Remember Them In Verbs events (Museum Open Day).

An exhibition by artist Laura Nathan that explores her Jewish family heritage through questions, textiles, creative processes and personal narratives.

Laura is a contemporary textiles artist and facilitator who explores identity, heritage and wellbeing, resulting in a greater sense of who we are, how we feel and our place in the world. She says about her work:

“Some of my earliest childhood memories are focused around my grandparents’ unimaginable experiences in the Holocaust and I feel that generational trauma and anxiety has filtered from one generation to the next. Much of my work focuses around processing this dark history, dealing with anxieties, and exploring my identity as a culturally strong, yet secular Jewish woman.”

Laura’s work interweaves history, memory and document, drawing on the photographs and objects connected to her grandparents through beautiful and poignant tapestries, embroideries and installations.

Laura has been working with the museum’s Creative Activist group (age 16 – 30), who have been exploring textiles as a means to tell lesser-known stories of the Holocaust and Second World War from Manchester Jewish Museum’s collections. These pieces attempt to weave the individual’s rich lives, whilst recognising the gaps and absences in individuals’ stories in historic records. Visitors will be invited by both Laura and the Creative Activists to contribute to a larger textile piece with their own histories and reflections on the exhibition.

About Laura Nathan

Laura has a Degree in Embroidery and a Masters in Art As Environment. Combined these have nurtured a socially responsible art practice placing people and narratives at the forefront. Alongside developing her own art practice, Laura has over 16 years experience creating within communities. Her projects nurture community cohesion, celebrate identity and heritage, and promote well-being. Currently, Laura is a part-time textiles facilitator & Arts Award Tutor at Venture Arts where she supports people with learning disabilities to develop their art practices.

What you need to know

This event is organised as part of Manchester Jewish Museum’s Open Day, during which we’ll be marking Holocaust Memorial Day. You can read more about the full programmes of events here. 

How to get here

We are located on Cheetham Hill Road, just 15 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Victoria train station and 30 minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre. We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the museum. You can get here by bus, Metrolink or train. See all of your travel options on:

Access information

There is step free access to the museum entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and two accessible gender-neutral toilets. Please e-mail ahead of the event to arrange for any additional accessibility needs. For more access information visit


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