The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to visit Jewish Museum
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Posted: February 11 2007

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11 February 2007 (Jewswire.com) - Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Jewish Museum in Camden Town on Tuesday 13 February 2007 to mark the Museum’s 75th Anniversary.

HRH The Prince of Wales, has become Patron of the Jewish Museum in support of the 75th anniversary celebrations this year. This is his first patronage of a Jewish organisation with a remit is in the United Kingdom, and it is his first visit to the Museum’s flagship location.

TRHs will tour the Museum’s galleries including the History Gallery and the Religion Gallery, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of Jewish ceremonial art, awarded Designated status by the Museums Libraries & Archives Council for its outstanding national importance. They will see the special exhibition Champion of the Child - Janusz Korczak, which tells the inspiring story of a pioneering Polish Jewish doctor, writer and educator who was a leading advocate for children’s rights and devoted himself to their needs and plight, regardless of nationality and religion.

TRH will then meet with children from a local school who will be participating in one of the Museum’s creative religious education programmes enhancing interfaith understanding.

There will be an opportunity for TRHs to hear about the Museum’s exciting Development Project, for which the Museum has been awarded a Development grant and an approval in principle totalling £4.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will triple the space available in Camden Town, combining the Finchley museum with the existing site and creating enlarged exhibition galleries, new education facilities, a state-of-the-art auditorium, hands-on displays for children and a café.

The project will enhance the Museum's role as an inclusive, cultural and educational centre, serving a wide-ranging audience, and making an important and positive contribution to cultural diversity and community engagement in the UK. This is particularly significant as it is London’s only museum dedicated to the history and heritage of an individual faith – in one of the world’s most multicultural cities.

The expanded museum, due to open in 2009, will provide London with a world-class, vibrant, forward-looking museum of regional, national and international significance.

To mark its 75th Anniversary, the Museum will launch an Endowment Fund Campaign as the second phase of the Development Project, at a Gala Dinner in March at the Mansion House. Support for the Fund will provide the Jewish Museum with a strong financial base to achieve its goals and exciting plans for development. This will be crucial in enabling the Museum to fulfil its potential as a major educational and cultural resource for London and the UK.

“We are honoured and privileged that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has most graciously agreed to be our Patron for this anniversary year and delighted that both he and the Duchess of Cornwall are able to visit The Jewish Museum. It is a welcome recognition of the Museum’s importance in highlighting the heritage of one of Britain’s oldest minority communities and in contributing to interfaith understanding and dialogue”, said Rickie Burman, Director of the Jewish Museum.

For further information please contact:

Dina Wosner, Jewish Museum: 020 7284 1997 or marketing@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Meryl Keeling, Clarence House Press Office: 020 7024 5510 or meryl.keeling@royal.gsx.gov.uk.

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