Jewish Museum London Visit

written by Tasha on May 16, 2011 in Behind the scenes with no comments

In the coming months, Europeana will launch a few new virtual exhibitions. Among the first to be released are the exhibitions produced in partnership with Judaica Europeana,  a project that highlights content documenting the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe. Already there are over 6,000 texts and audio files on Europeana coming through Judaica Europeana, and soon there will be even more interesting things on Jewish heritage.

The first exhibitions come from the Jewish Museum London and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.

Last week we visited the Jewish Museum London (JML). The museum has a strong focus on Jewish heritage in London’s East End, but it also reflects the social history of Jewish people across London and other areas. The museum will contribute an exhibition on Yiddish Theatre in London which features stories about the people, buildings and plays that made Yiddish theatre in London so special.

Elizabeth Selby, Project Officer at the museum, gave a fantastic tour. The JML receives many visitors including school groups from all backgrounds who are encouraged to learn about Jewish culture. The museum also has a large network of volunteer staff who are on standby to give further explanation about items on display and answer questions. It was great to see objects that will ultimately be available through Europeana, and featured in the online exhibitions.

Keep checking our blog, facebook and twitter for more news about our virtual exhibitions.