The design for the new Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum wins lottery grant for revamp

Simon Stephens, 24.10.2017
HLF awards £2.9m for £5m redevelopment and extension
Manchester Jewish Museum’s redevelopment has moved forward following a £2.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

An extension will double the size of the museum, creating new galleries and learning spaces, as well as a shop and a cafe. The museum is housed in a Grade II*-listed synagogue, which will be repaired and restored as part of the £5m project.

“In such troubled times, it feels like the right step to develop the museum,” said Max Dunbar, the chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Museum. 

“The historic stories of Manchester’s Jewish community are also the stories of today. They tell of people forced to flee their homes, who settled in a new country to rebuild their lives. These stories remind us what happens when people, politics and religion drive us apart – and how a city like Manchester can bring people together.”

The museum hopes to complete the redevelopment by 2020. It has raised £4.4m of the £5m needed. In addition to the HLF, other funders include include the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, Jack Livingstone Charitable Trust, the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Eventhall Family Charitable Trust, the KC Shasha Charitable Foundation and the Granada Foundation.

The design team comprises Citizens Design Bureau (architect), Burro Happold (structural and services engineer), Bristow Johnson (quantity surveyor) and All Things Studio (exhibition design).

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