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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Lottery to give £4 million to Jewish Museum

...but it has to matched by charitable donations to recieve full funding.

THE Jewish Museum is set to receive more than £4million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a massive redevelopment.

Collections from the museum's two buildings - one in Camden and one in Finchley - will be brought together in one expanded new site on Camden's Albert Street (see architect's drawing, right).

There will be three times more space for exhibitions in the new venue, as well as an auditorium and a special room for visiting school parties.

Rickie Burman, Director of the Jewish Museum, said: "We're delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund has decided the project is worthwhile and deserving of this funding. It's a tremendous boost after the efforts we have made."

But the museum will have to match the grant by raising another £4.4million before the Lottery releases the cash.

"The real works begins now," Ms Burman said. "It's a significant fundraising challenge."

Collections at the museum cover the history of the Jewish community in Britain since the Middle Ages. They include an archive of material about Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi Germany.

The Museum has been split between two buildings since it merged with the London Museum of Jewish Life more than 10 years ago. Carole Souter, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "The capital has long been in need of a first-class museum which celebrates the Jewish community and we're confident that the Jewish Museum, with this support, will be able to provide just such a place."
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