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“A different kind of museum”

Manchester Jewish Museum
Ranked #41 of 196 things to do in Manchester
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum includes objects, documents, photographs and oral histories charting the stories and experiences of Manchester’s Jewish community, including their experiences during the Holocaust.
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This is not a tourist museum, it is more a museum for shools, but it tells the story of Manchester's Jewish community and when we visited they had a special exhibition on English jewish footballers. The staff was charming and very helpful!

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Very good and great to see this little gem. The guide was interesting to hear and very open about his faith. Heard that Simon Sharma had launched his volume one of History of the Jews and that Volume 2 is to be launched from there also. Staff friendly and helpful. Saw exhibition of Jews and football and the Jewish influence there. Definitely recommend a good 1-3 hours in there.

1  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My first visit was with my parents when i was fifteen, i'm now thirty-two, and wanted to take my son aged 7.
Our guide for the day was Maurice, he was very open about his faith, and would answer lots of questions, maurice was really good with my son who listened to everything and was very much interested with all aspects of the tour, and managed to work his way through the childrens workbook that was provided by the lovely lady behind the reception. It's a shame we ran out of time, but will return with the free passes we was given to use within the year. Thanks again maurice, and hope to see you again soon.

2  Thank Nrg4
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

I have to say this place truly is a special place. You have to go to appreciate the culture and history of the place. Alan was a guide on the day of my visit and he was just the best. Staff are very welcoming and helpful. I spent 2 hours with Alan learning so much. Can't recommend this place enough.

2  Thank Sunny5369
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

If you want a different slant on ‘the beautiful gae’, especially over the coming weeks as World Cup Fever hits the media, I recommend that you pay a visit to this exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Manchester.

The Manchester Jewish Museum is located on Cheetham Hill Road – where the founders of Marks and Spencer once lived – and is itself a beautiful and fascinating building. Until September it hosts a fascinating exhibition which explores the links between football and Jews.

The exhibition celebrates the contribution Jews have made to the world of football, on and off the field, and considers what football has given to British Jews, including being a means of integration - ‘on Saturday I am a fan, not a Jew’ - and providing the opportunity for people to transcend ethnic or religious divisions through belonging to a wider community.

Previously exhibited at the Jewish Museum, London, for its venture into Manchester the exhibition reflects the Manchester football scene.

There are many fascinating exhibits – including audio and video displays - about Jews who have made an impact on football: David Pleat (family name Platz), Barry Silkman, Aubrey Cohen, Leslie Godberg of Leeds, and Manchester United director, Michael Edelson - the longest serving director of a Premiership club.

There are stories about the Maccabi Association and about ‘Wingate’ Football Club, set up in 1946 to counter anti-Semitism and for whom singer Frankie Vaughan signed in the 1950s

For me, however, two exhibits stand out.

One is the display about Bert Trautmann – the German goalkeeper who played – with a broken neck – in the FA Cup Final for Manchester City – and the reaction to his arrival in Manchester, with its large Jewish population, after the Second World War.

The other is the schoolboy diary of David Dein (former vice-chair of Arsenal and architect of the Premier League), recording the events of February 1958.

I was born that month. It was also the month that an air-crash in Munich sent shock-waves not only around Manchester United, the city of Manchester, or the North West or even the football world, but it was such a tragedy that it affected people who might otherwise never have heard of Duncan Edwards and the others who died on a cold, winter’s night.

The scrawled red ink diary entries of a young Jewish schoolboy – and football fan - are truly moving.

1  Thank MFPthetraveller
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