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Jewish Heritage Symposium

A creative exploration of UK Jewish identity at Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool’s Jewish community was once the largest of any provincial UK city. This rich history will be highlighted during a creative exploration of Jewish heritage at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday 9 December from 10.30-5pm.

Marking the culmination of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project, the symposium will explore Liverpool’s Jewish heritage through art, poetry, digital technology and food, as well as exploring these aspects in other Jewish communities beyond the city’s boundaries.

Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible through money raised by National Lottery players, the Galkoff’s project enabled the history of this area of Liverpool to be uncovered, which was home to a large proportion of the city’s Jewish population during the 19th century.

At the heart of the resulting exhibition is the reconstruction of Liverpool landmark, Galkoff’s Jewish butcher’s shop frontage. The beautiful 1930s emerald green tiles have undergone careful conservation, or in some cases replacement where the damage, due to weather exposure, was too great. The result is an impressive life-size reconstruction of the façade with the original gold Art Deco embellishments and Hebrew signage.

Accompanied by detailed research into the Galkoff’s family, which led curators as far as Poland and New York, the display features photographs, objects and personal memories, and highlights the story of Liverpool’s Jewish community as well as its long history of migration.

Highlights of the symposium on 9 December include:

  • Artist and poet, Sophie Herxheimer, on collecting memories and stories live in ink.
  • Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London) on using digital technology to unlock layers of heritage.
  • Vivi Lachs on Jewish immigrant life through Yiddish poetry.
  • Project Curator, Poppy Learman and Project Manager, Liz Stewart on the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place 
  • Researcher, Daniel Edmonds on Kosher discoveries from Liverpool’s past.
  • Education officer, Chris Kerfoot on House of Memories and dementia awareness.
  • A screening of Chicken Soup and Scousewill be followed by a Q & A session with film-maker Michael Swerdlow.

Free tickets available on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-responses-to-jewish-heritage-near-and-far-tickets-52402304704?ref=estw

Or write to Poppy Learman, Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool. L3 1DG

Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place opened at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), on Friday 26 October 2018.



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