A free, interactive ‘pop-up’ Manchester Jewish Museum is now open on the Lower Ground Floor of Manchester Central Library.
Museum objects, photographs and recordings are on display, telling the story of Jewish Manchester. At the heart of the ‘pop-up’ museum is ‘The Story Selector’, an object selection machine allowing visitors to interact with and explore the museum’s collection. Objects inside the machine include a World War One policemen’s truncheon, a 19th Century muff maker and a 1940s kosher ration book. Timed storytelling performances help bring these objects to life. Visit the Pop-Up Museum.
Alongside ‘The Story Selector’ is a ‘synagogue in a box’. Designed for schools visiting the Library, children can use art & craft materials to transform the library space into their own bespoke synagogues and, in the process, learn about the Jewish faith and worship. Book a school session.
The ‘synagogue in a box’ will also be taken out to schools, giving children the opportunity to transform their classrooms into their very own bespoke synagogues. More details on ‘Outreach’.
Whilst based in Central Library the museum will also be running a community outreach programme across Greater Manchester. Food, music and storytelling activities will be held in community centres, museums and libraries across the region. See What’s On.