House of Life Exhibition: open now!

The House of Life Exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green invites a new audience to a never-before-seen showcase of the heritage of London's pre-eminent Victorian Jewish Cemetery, which has quietly served London's Jews in a little-known corner of Willesden since 1873.

The displays introduce visitors to the fascinating lives of selected individuals buried there, describe the Jewish approach to death and mourning, and give a glimpse of the cemetery buildings and landscape. The exhibition further invites us all to reflect on the people we have lost and how we like to remember them. 

Click here to download the exhibition flyer.


A full programme of events are happening alongside the exhibition, including:

Wednesday 30 October, 1pm

History Talk: A free talk for adults by David Jacobs about the history of Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

Sunday 10 November, 2.30pm

Death Café: A conversation over tea and cake about what comes to us all. Free entry by prior registration: click here to reserve your space.

Tuesday 19 November, 1pm

Curator's Talk: Behind the scenes at the House of Life, a talk for adults, by the exhibition's curator.

More events will be available for booking soon, watch this space.



 The Library at Willesden Green 95 High Road, Willesden London, NW10 2SF

Free entry; open daily from 3 October, 2019 to 16 February, 2020


The cemetery will open to the wider public in 2020. The exhibition is presented by the United Synagogue in partnership with Brent Museum and Archives. Researched by volunteers and designed by Philip Simpson Design, the exhibition is part of the House of Life heritage project of the United Synagogue, which is supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.