This richly illustrated volume presents highlights from the Jewish Museum, London, including its collections of ceremonial art, considered among the finest in the world and awarded Designated status in recognition of their outstanding national importance. Introductory chapters on the history of Jewish people in Britain and the festivals and ceremonies of Jewish religious life are followed by highly informative essays by experts in their respective fields. These cover the range of media represented within the collections, including silver, textiles, manuscripts, life cycle objects, prints and drawings. They also discuss key historical themes - the Jewish East End, refugees from Nazism and the diverse patterns of Jewish migration to Britain - offering a context for important objects from the Museum's social history collections.
This is the first major publication of the Museum's collections for more that thirty years. Not only have there been considerable additions during this period, including a merger with The London Museum of Jewish Life, but there have also been significant developments in scholarship in the field. This book offers a fresh overview of the Museum's wide-ranging collections and an assessment of their place in a broader artistic and historical context.