Manchester Jewish Museum
Manchester Jewish Museum is for Jewish and non-Jewish people offering a unique experience as both a social history museum and as a resource for learning. As a social history museum, we tell the story of Manchester’s Jewish community from the 1780s to present day. With 30,000 items in our collections, MJM explores the cultural and religious evolution of Manchester’s Jewish community - the largest Jewish community in the UK (outside London). Our galleries reveal the political and industrial legacies of this community on a local, regional, national and international scale.
This is the only UK museum housed inside an original synagogue and, built in 1874, it is Manchester’s oldest surviving synagogue. The building provides a unique and powerful learning space for all ages. From schoolchildren to adult learners, MJM helps over 15,000 people a year discover, explore and celebrate Jewish faith and culture.
Manchester Jewish Museum has already been recognised by the Environmental Business Pledge and has focused goals specific to their unique building.
Having assessed the heating system in the main synagogue building they have now isolated the upstairs and downstairs heating systems in order to gain better control over the heat level in the building. They have currently switched off the balcony heating completely and are assessing the heating levels.
In 2012 they have introduced a new waste management system into the museum. Each office now has one paper recycling bin. The downstairs office (which is also the eating area) has a plastic and glass bin and one general/food waste bin. The museum now employs two waste management companies to remove their waste. SD waste paper collects their paper waste free of charge and they have switched from one large general bin collection collected by Enterprise to one small general and one small glass and plastics bin.
The museum staff have replaced the bulbs in the original synagogue chandelier and downstairs lights with LED bulbs and is currently considering their options for low energy lighting in the temporary exhibition room.
Manchester Jewish Museum is a member of The Manchester Cultural Leaders’ Environmental Forum which grew out of a desire to promote and share good environmental practice, and the recognition that good practice can be significantly enabled by working collaboratively. Read more >