Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill is a one of a kind museum in the form of a Synagogue. Constructed in 1874, this Museum marks the spot of a fully functional Spanish-Portugese Synagogue. However, with the Jews moving out of Manchester to other places the population of this community reduced and the Synagogue was converted to a Museum and reopened in 1984. This building has a unique Victorian Style architecture. It welcomes everyone to its grounds six days a week.
The beautifully decorated and intricately designed entrance to the Museum.
The first sight which greets you upon entering the Museum is this one.
The Ten Commandments written in Hebrew alongwith an original Glass Painted Hannukah window. This was taken from the ground floor of the Museum.
These are newly restored glass painted windows on the ground floor of the Museum. Most of them have been donated or restored in the memory of somebody. During the bombing of Manchester, most of these windows were heavily damaged and thus had to undergo reconstructions at places.
This is how the view of the main prayer hall looks like from the first floor.
One of the original glass painted windows of the Museum, this depicts the Hanukkah. The Hanukkah is the candle- stand on which candles are lit to celebrate the Jewish festival of Lights.
Taken from the upper storey of the building, this photo shows the men’s prayer space, the seats of the religious heads of the institution, the pulpit from where the scriptures are read and in the far right corner of the frame are the Ten Commandments. Some of the glass painted windows are visible too. The red framed displays contain the history of the Jewish festivals, foods and garments. Another display at the far right corner of the room contains the history of the Kosher Jews in Manchester and some of the objects used by them.This setting looks even more vibrant under the lights of the beautiful chandeliers.
The upper storey of the Museum has objects and artefacts that the people of this community used frequently in their day to day activities. The display includes photographs, letters, diaries, books, garments and the lot to give the audience a feeling of how the culture really developed over the years.
From Jewish shopkeepers and factory owners to Jewish writers and politicians, Manchester simply would’nt be the city it is today without its Jewish community.
The growth and diversity of this community is told in the permanent gallery through objects, photographs, maps and memorabilia.
Guided tours for individuals and groups are conducted by the volunteers of this Museum. For more information you should visit their official site at http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/ .
Some important details are mentioned below:
Address: 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW
Opening times : Sun to Thurs 10 am – 4 pm ; Fri 10 am – 1 pm
Ticket Prices : Adults £4.50 ; Concessions £ 3.50 (includes guided tours, entry for a year)
I have liked this place very much and would ask you to drop by once.