Manchester Jewish Museum

Song-writing & Poetry Group performance
Stories and Silences through Music



Manchester Jewish Museum's Gallery


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

Manchester Jewish Museum’s Song Writing and Poetry Group have been collaborating with the Creative Activists to create songs from their reflective poems, which were inspired by reading, listening and learning about lesser-known Holocaust and Second World War stories from the Museum’s collection. This meeting of the two groups brings together the experiences and voices of the young people and adults, reflecting our local communities and diverse Jewish experiences.

The songs, as much as the poems, explore themes of journeys, love, loss and joy. They stitch together the young people’s own experiences, with that of stories of the collections. They recognise that historic stories of individuals come with absences and an inability to fully recollect or understand how people felt in the past.

The song writing group will perform their songs in the gallery alongside the stories of the diverse Jewish communities of Manchester on display. This connection is to highlight that we have more in common that what divides us. As with all of events, we encourage you to join in the singing, or just to enjoy the music.

About the MJM Song-writing & Poetry Group

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. We regularly work with composers, singers, musicians and artists to create new work and learn new ways of making music and weaving together words. If you have a passion for music, like expressing yourself through words or want to try writing your own songs, get in contact with Gemma on No experience necessary!

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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