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Reflections on Freedom. Join us as we open our doors for free to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

We would like to invite everyone, of all ages and backgrounds, to our Museum Open Day on Sunday, January 28th to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The full day programme, titled “Reflections on Freedom” was co-curated by The Creative Activists – a group of people aged 18-25, who are seeking to create powerful acts of sharing and connection with their local communities to help make a positive difference in the world.
Over the past few months, the group has been exploring stories in our museum’s collection, which are related to the Holocaust and displacement and responding creatively to the complex theme of “freedom”. This event is their chance to share their work and talk to visitors about what they were doing throughout the project.

A photograph donated to the museum by Izek Alterman. The image shows a group of young Holocaust survivors from Izek’s refugee hostel in Manchester c. 1946.

The Creative Activists have prepared a new temporary exhibition, which explores stories of displacement and a packed programme of activities, including a zine-making workshop, which link to this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme: the fragility of freedom. Visitors will also get the opportunity to contribute to art installations and to visit the museum’s 1874 Spanish & Portuguese synagogue.

The open day will also be a great opportunity to see “I Say British, You Say Jewish”, The National Holocaust Centre and Museum’s touring exhibition, combining digital and physical displays in a mobile exhibition stand. The exhibition traces historical and contemporary forms of antisemitism and prejudice, as well as exploring and celebrating diverse, contemporary Jewishness. The stand will be based next door to Manchester Jewish Museum from January 22nd until Sunday, January 28th. The exhibition can be enjoyed as part of museum admission. Visitors will be directed to the stand from the museum’s welcome desk by volunteer guides.

“I Say British, You Say Jewish” mobile exhibition stand

By organising this event, we want to give everyone a chance to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day through creative activities, art and music and to allow a space for reflection. The event is free to attend but tickets are subject to capacity, so bookings are encouraged.



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