150 Year Old Time Capsule Found in the Walls of Manchester Jewish Museum 

What an amazing piece of history!

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 26 September 2020

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A hidden time capsule has been found in the walls at Manchester Jewish Museum during the renovation/

A builder found the sealed glass jar that was full of newspapers, old coins and synagogue minutes at the Jewish Museum.

The museum used to be home to the Cheetham Hill synagogue but it closed in the 1980s before becoming the museum. A ‘highlight of Victorian Gothic architecture’ in the country, according to English Heritage, the Grade-II listed building is currently undergoing a massive £5m restoration project, the museum staff said they are thrilled by the new capsule.

The museum’s chief executive Max Dunbar said: “This timely discovery comes at an apt and symbolic period when millions of Jewish people around the world prepare for the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement, a reflective and thoughtful time of year when many observers look backwards as a means to move forwards,”

“We are thrilled and overwhelmed by its discovery and look forward to showing it off in our collection when we reopen next spring,”

It’s hoped the time capsule will help paint a picture of the museum’s former life as a synagogue.

Find out more about the Jewish Museum here.