10 years’ planning and new look museum opens

TODAY’S grand reopening of Manchester’s Jewish Museum has been 10 years in the making.

And its first week is already fully booked.

After almost a decade of planning, two years of closure, a global pandemic and a £6 million major capital development supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the 1874 Grade II listed synagogue building, the city’s oldest surviving synagogue, has been fully renovated and restored.

The former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue will now serve both as a living artefact of a Jewish place of worship and as a cultural space in which the museum will programme live events throughout the year.

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