Nigella Lawson and Alan Yentob open transformed Jewish Museum in London

By Kathryn Evans | 16 March 2010
A photo of Nigella Lawson and Alan Yentob standing side by side at the opening of the Jewish Museum London

(Above) Nigella Lawson and Alan Yentob at the Jewish Museum earlier today. © Ian Lillicrapp

Nigella Lawson and Alan Yentob have reopened the Jewish Museum in Camden following a £10 million development which tripled the space available to celebrate Jewish life and culture.

Building work began in January 2008, designed by architects Long and Kentish. The Museum will open to the public on March 17.

"The new Jewish Museum has been brilliantly transformed to enable the fascinating contribution of Jewish immigrant culture to be shared and enjoyed by so many more people,” said Lawson.

Yentob, Creative Director of the BBC and a patron of the museum, said it "tells a riveting story of the nation's oldest minority group" in "the kind of human detail which promises to surprise and enthral."

Visitors will be given the opportunity to ask Rabbis about their faith and views on ethical issues in the new space.

A photo of Nigella Lawson with her hand on the shoulder of Alan Yentob at the opening of the Jewish Museum London

Lawson said the Museum had been "brilliantly transformed"

As well as permanent collections exploring the rich history and culture of Judaism and its position in the wider history of Britain, the Museum will also host a series of temporary exhibitions, starting with Illumintation: Hebrew Treasures From the Vatican and Major British Collections, running from June until October 2010.

The show will bring together rare and beautifully illuminated manuscripts from the most important Jewish works of scholarship and learning.

Future exhibitions include Jews in Entertainment, Jewish Food and an exhibition on the Jews of India.

For more information visit the Jewish Museum website:
www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

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