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Jewish Museum London

A chance to hear, see and touch London's Jewish history with a curator talk and object handling session at the Jewish Museum London. The talk will focus on two moments in the history of Jewish people in this country that tell stories of extraordinary courage: the turn of the 20th century and the Second World War.

We will be bringing out objects from our collections, not usually on display, that tell stories of courage; from suffragettes and politically active women, to stories of Jewish migration and search for asylum, to the role of the arts in resistance.


Jewish London Lives: Asylum, Activism and the Arts
3.00pm - 4.00pm in the Living Communities Gallery
Free with museum entry fee (Adult: £8.50, Child: £3.50) - Book online

Our curators will tell you the story of the Jews Temporary Shelter, established in 1885 to assist Jewish immigrants who had fled Russia and arrived in London with next to nothing. We will show the kinds of personal possessions and valuables that were exchanged for food, shelter and money.

We will talk about Jewish women’s involvement in the Suffragettes movement as well as their activism in other political causes, particularly for social justice. Rare photographs and publications will be brought out of our stores illustrating these women’s lives and work.

Refugee stories of Jewish children who made it on to the Kindertransport during the Second World War will be discussed, alongside the objects that these children chose to accompany them – from musical instruments to toys.

Finally we will explore the idea of how the arts can act as a form of resistance, looking at Yiddish theatre – from theatrical performances in air raid shelters during the Second World War by Yiddish theatre actors to the celebration of a British fighter pilot who became immortalised in the play, 'The King of Lampedusa'.

Israel Zangwill at a women's suffrage meeting
Israel Zangwill at a women's suffrage meeting © Jewish Museum London

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Jewish Museum London
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB

Jewish Museum London

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