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. 

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Events

Wednesday 22 January, 7pm

Songs Unearthed: Music from Willesden Jewish Cemetery: A specially curated programme of music spanning many genres will revive sounds from the likes of band-leader Geraldo, Jane Marian Joseph, one of English music's “forgotten women”, and cantors Samuel Almanand Marcus Hast, whose influence on English synagogue singing is still felt today. Numbers familiar from stage and screen will surprise you with their connections to Willesden.

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The concert is put together by volunteers who have unearthed manuscripts and researched the stories behind the music. Individual performers and ensembles will come together for this event alongside the House of Life Exhibition at The Library at Willesden Green to delight new audiences with this rich musical heritage.

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Venue

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.