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PremierLeague-News.Com - The museum finally has a reopening date after two years of renovations
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Manchester Jewish Museum will finally reopen its doors this summer, following a £6m restoration and extension project. The Cheetham Hill museum is set to welcome back visitors from Friday July 2 after two years of improvement works. The newly-extended museum will now be home to 31,000 objects in its gallery, as well as featuring a new cafe, shop, learning studio and kitchen. Its 1874 Spanish and Portuguese synagogue - the oldest surviving synagogue in Manchester - has also been carefully restored to its former glory by a team of specialists, including historic painters and stained-glass experts. The Manchester Jewish Museum before its £6m transformation (Image: Manchester Jewish Museum) Both the museum and the synagogue have been closed since 2019 to undergo redevelopment, funded in part by a £3m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. In that time, a huge rust-coloured extension has been added to the Cheetham Hill Road building. Read More Related Articles An enormous festival-style outdoor venue is being built in Manchester city centre Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News The museum shares Jewish stories of migration, communities and identities, and objects on display inside include everything from a Herring chopper to a ceremonial trowel, as well as letters and photographs from across the centuries. A series of events will take place throughout the summer at the new space, which has been designed by architects Citizens Design Bureau. How the new cafe will look (Image: Citizens Design Bureau) Its brand new cafe will serve locally sourced, kosher-style vegetarian food, while the kitchen at the heart of the museum will be available to schools, community groups and local businesses, who can explore Jewish culture through baking, cooking and eating.
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. While the space has been closed, a pop-up museum at Manchester Central Library has been in place.
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The Manchester Jewish Museum's reopening on July 2 will also tie in with a the beginning of this year's Manchester International Festival, with a co-commission in the works. Max Dunbar, CEO of Manchester Jewish Museum, said: "After years of planning, fundraising and consultations, plus a global pandemic to navigate through, we cannot believe we are finally here, ready to show the city and the world our beautiful museum.
"We really feel we have something special and unique to share with everyone. "Our magnificently restored synagogue is a rare gem and is in itself a living artefact telling the story of Jewish migration from the 1870s. "It will sit alongside our contemporary extension, the design of which has been inspired by our synagogue’s stunning Moorish architecture. "On behalf of everyone at the museum, I’d like to thank all the incredible funders, supporters, partners and project team for getting us to this important moment, at a time when a museum designed to bring people together is now needed more than ever."
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