Jewish Museum London

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The Jewish Museum London is for people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore British Jewish heritage, identity and culture.

Set against a spacious and modern architectural backdrop with displays across four permanent galleries, the museum brings the Jewish story to life, placing it in a wider context of British history.

Our education programmes, exhibitions and events encourage a sense of discovery and creativity and tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Daily 10am-5pm (Friday 10am-2pm)

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50*
Concessions: £6.50*
Child (5-16): £3.50
Family ticket: £18 for two adults and up to 4 children
Museum Friends and Under 5s: free
*Prices include voluntary donation for Gift Aid purposes.
Admission is free to the Welcome Gallery, museum shop and café

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Transport links
3 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station (Northern Line)
6 minute walk from Mornington Crescent underground station (Northern Line)
Buses 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2

The Ritual Judaica collection at this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections held by The Jewish Museum are unique in the UK for their rich representation of items of Judaica, in particular with an English provenance. The collections of the museum as a whole are of a high quality, but there are some particularly rare items within the Designated collection of Jewish ceremonial art, which is considered among the finest in the world.

Highlights include a 16th century Venetian synagogue ark and magnificent silver Torah ornaments from the Great Synagogue in Duke's Place, City of London, destroyed during the Blitz. In addition the museum has an outstanding collection of synagogue textiles, metalwork and illuminated manuscripts reflecting Jewish religious life and practice. The museum also tells the story of Jewish history in Britain from the Norman conquest until recent times.

Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Religion, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Judaica collection includes a 16th century Italian synagogue ark, Italian cradle charms, the oldest English made Hanukah lamp, embroidered textiles and illuminated marriage contracts. Highlights in the History Gallery include medieval notched wooden tax receipts, eighteenth century portraits, a Queen Anne silver tray and loving cups presented to the Lord Mayors of London by the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of 1930s Burton clothes label

Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution

  • 31 March — 19 June 2016 *on now

Moses, Mods and Mr Fish takes you on a journey from tailoring workshops to the boutique revolution and mod culture of the swinging ‘60s.

Explore the changing male image and menswear revolution over a 150-year period; from the 19th century formal silhouette through to the post-war period when young men stopped dressing like their fathers, becoming detail-obsessed mods or flamboyant peacocks.

Discover more about menswear in the ‘60s; a time when swinging London was the most exciting fashion capital in the world. You can explore the emergence of the mod movement and the fashion revolution that made Carnaby Street famous.

See luxury clothes designed by Mr Fish, popular amongst young aristocrats and celebrities, including David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

Featuring fashion, photography and memorabilia including John Lennon’s Cecil Gee suede jacket, Moses, Mods and Mr Fish offers an unmissable opportunity to explore the menswear revolution and discover how it helped to create the high street we know today.

Website

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/menswear

photograph of two men in overalls drinking beer on the street

Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London

  • 28 April — 29 August 2016 *on now

Explore the streets of 1960s London through the eyes of eminent photographer Dorothy Bohm.

Step back in time and discover the diversity of life in London in the 1960s with photographs focusing on its inhabitants from all walks of life, from schoolchildren to fashion-conscious young adults to market traders.

Born in East Prussia in 1924, Dorothy Bohm moved to Lithuania in 1932 with her family to escape the threat of Nazism. Bohm was sent by her parents to safety in Britain in 1939, armed with a Leica camera handed to her by her father at the very last moment. London has been her home since the 1950s.

Dorothy Bohm has worked as a photographer all around the world, capturing ordinary lives from Europe to the Americas to the Far East. She was closely involved with the founding of the Photographers’ Gallery in London in 1971 and was its Associate Director for fifteen years. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009.

Website

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/Dorothy-Bohm

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Jewish Century on Shellac and Vinyl

  • 14 July — 16 October 2016

In the late 19th century, a German-Jewish emigrant to the USA changed the world. With Emil Berliner’s invention of the gramophone and the record, the age of mass entertainment found its first global medium.

Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, featuring records that changed lives and the technology that made it happen.

Website

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/jukebox

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Menswear Study Day

  • 3 May 2016 10am-3:30pm

Join us for a study day and explore some of the wider themes addressed in our exhibition Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution through a series of talks from experts in the field.

Speakers and subjects include:

Laura Jones, London College of Fashion, on The Jewish Pioneers of Mass Market Tailoring

Timothy Long, Curator of Fashion at the Museum of London, on Hidden history: The Analysis of Tailored Clothes

Laura Ugolini, University of Wolverhampton, on The Tailor of Taste? Montague Burton in Inter-War Britain

Paul Jobling, University of Brighton, on Virility in Design: Daks Simpson and Menswear Publicity in 20th-century Britain

Box office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£20

Curator's Talk: Moses, Mods and Mr Fish

  • 9 May 2016 2-2:30pm
  • 13 June 2016 2-2:30pm

Discover more about the themes, stories and objects in Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution with exhibition curator Elizabeth Selby.

Moses, Mods and Mr Fish tells the story of the men’s fashion and the emergence of the modern male wardrobe, taking the visitor on a journey from the tailoring workshops of the mid-19th century to the boutique revolution and mod culture of the Swinging ‘60s.

This talk is also being given at 2pm on:

Monday 11 April
Monday 13 June
Box office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free with museum entry

Stitch, Stitch, Stitch: Spitalfields Walking Tour

  • 15 May 2016 11am-1:30pm

Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky's tour linked to our new exhibition Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution explores the background to the ever-changing rag trade of Spitalfields.

Once the centre of London's silk and sweated tailoring industries dominated by the French and Jewish immigrants, the same streets today are a centre for African textile shops, vibrant markets, designer makers and cutting edge fashion.

Book now: admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk / 020 7284 7384

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Counter-Culture Late Opening

  • 19 May 2016 6-9pm

Explore the exhibitions Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution and Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London after hours and enjoy music, activities, and talks inspired by the theme of Counter Culture.

Enjoy live music from The Retros, a six-piece band dedicated to bringing the sounds of the '60s to life

Hear '60s fashion blogger, Johanna Payton the founder of Fashion Detective, talk about the styles featured in Dorothy Bohm’s '60s street photography

Create a '60s-style bandana or scarf with London Craft Club. We'll be showing you how to make your own ink stamps to create a colourful repeating pattern on a cotton scarf or bandana

Get up close to objects from the London College of Fashion Archives - including vintage shoes, a '60s Mary Quant dress and make-up, and cuttings from Michael Martin Menswear of Carnaby Street Collection - with Jane Holt, Senior Research Fellow Archives and Special Collections.

Repair your denim and pledge to choose #secondhandfirst with TRAID’s workshop. Do bring unwanted clothes to donate to the cause!

Make your own personal slogan in our badge-making craft workshop

Learn more about the Fashion Revolution and ask #whomademyclothes? with atalk from Sarah Ditty, Head of Policy at Fashion Revolution.

Take part in a '60s-inspired photo booth

Discover more about the exhibitions with curator's tours

Get glammed up in your favourite counter culture or '60s inspired outfit - the best dressed will win a prize, as judged by Fashion Detective Johanna Payton
Generously supported by Lugermad Photography

Box office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 - full price
£5 - concession

Bespoke London: St James and Savile Row Walking Tour

  • 5 June 2016 11am-12:30pm

Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky in a walking tour linked to our exhibition 'Moses, Mods and Mr Fish'

Journey from the historic gentlemen's shops of St James's, with the 'man who invented the suit' and the street of shirts to the sartorial elegance of Savile Row's bespoke tailoring including the birth of the Tuxedo, court livery and the author of the ABC of Men's Clothing.

Box office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Fashion Insiders: Panel Discussion

  • 7 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Want to get ahead in the fashion industry?

Hear from insiders about how to get into the industry as they dish the dirt on the latest trends styles and news.

On the panel:

Fashion editor and Disneyrollergirl blogger Navaz Batliwalla
Navaz is a fashion editor and founder of Disneyrollergirl.net, the go-to resource for fashion and beauty industry insights, emerging trends and editorial shoots from an industry insider’s point of view

Moss Bros CEO Brian Brick
Retail is in the blood of Brian Brick, the Chief Executive of Moss Bros - in 1985 he and his brother turned their father's menswear business, Brick's Manshops, into Suits You. He was appointed CEO of Moss Bros in 2009

Personal Shopper and Stylist Sarah Gilfillan
Sarah Gilfillan founded Sartoria Lab to fill the gap in the market for Personal Shopping and Styling specifically for men. Sarah worked for many years in the fashion industry as a menswear photographic stylist, before setting up her Style Consultancy for men

DJ turned Satorial Designer David Newell
Trained and practiced in the discipline of Savile Row excellence for nearly 10 years, David Newell founded Soho-based Newell Bespoke and specialises in sartorial style and sharpness

The discussion will be chaired by Fashion Executive and Entrepreneur Maurice Helfgott (Oliver Sweeney, ex M&S).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10 - full price
£5 - concession

Portrait of Dorothy Bohm

Dorothy Bohm: My Life and Work

  • 23 June 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Dorothy Bohm talks about her life and work in this conversation with Amanda Hopkinson, author of photography books, including two books with Bohm: Sixties London and her newest publication About Women.

Dorothy Bohm was born in East Prussia in 1924, and moved to Lithuania in 1932 with her family to escape the threat of Nazism. Bohm was sent by her parents to safety in Britain in 1939, armed with a Leica camera handed to her by her father at the very last moment. London has been her home since the 1950s.

Dorothy Bohm has worked as a photographer all around the world, capturing ordinary lives from Europe to the Americas to the Far East. She was closely involved with the founding of the Photographers’ Gallery in London in 1971 and was its Associate Director for fifteen years. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009.

Amanda Hopkinson is the author of a dozen books on photography and photographers,

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/whats-on?item=722

Getting there

Transport links
3 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station (Northern Line)
6 minute walk from Mornington Crescent underground station (Northern Line)
Buses 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2

Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
Camden Town
London
Greater London
NW1 7NB
England

Website

Website

www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

020 7284 7384

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