Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be talking to Alex Cropper of Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill, and finding out more about the past, present and future of the museum.
Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. It is the only UK Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, which was completed in 1874. The building is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments. The building has Grade II*-listed status.
With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose after the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, and in 1984 it re-opened as a museum. The museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies’ gallery currently houses the museum’s permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester’s Jewish community is vividly brought to life. However, following a successful fundraising bid, the museum is now looking forward to a new chapter, with a major development project planned for the next couple of years.
I’ll be talking to Alex about the museum’s history, but also about the exciting plans for the future of the museum and its collection, on Tuesday’s show.
As well as my interview with Alex, I’ll also be taking my regular look through Yesterday’s Papers.
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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