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The Museum Team
Thursday 17 October 2013
Uncovering Oxford’s Jewish Heritage
The Museum of Oxford was proud and indeed delighted to host Oxford Jewish Heritage’s Sunday School at the Museum and Town Hall on Sunday 13 October 2013. Over 100 people attended this event to celebrate the unveiling of new educational panels in the Explore Oxford galleries and the Medieval Cellar as well as a new journey on our interactive tour of Oxford. This was a celebration of Jewish heritage, particularly medieval, which is so well preserved and recorded in Oxford.
The Town Hall and Museum was a real hive of activity. Children of varying ages were entertained with craft activities, creative writing, and story telling in the Cellar whilst parents and adults were engaged with enjoying the new exhibits and an informative talk by Pam Manix, member of OJH committee, about Oxford’s Jewish heritage. The Lord Mayor, Dee Sinclair, was here to cut the ribbon as was Jon Rowland, president of OJH.
The Museum of Oxford’s Explore Oxford galleries play host to a range of objects, alongside these new exhibits, that highlight the city’s ties with Jewish heritage. Such as a Medieval carved cross base that the members of the Jewish community were forced to carry through the streets for interrupting a Christian procession. The Museum also holds a medieval lamp found when the Town Hall was being built! Lots to see and the Museum is really proud to work closely with this worthwhile and important heritage group.