Museum Star Dances into Strictly
Actor and film star Colin Salmon worked with us to create the museum’s pioneering Suitcases and Sanctuary exhibition, and is a passionate advocate and ambassador for 19 Princelet Street. In what must surely be a first for a museum-maker, Colin joined an exceptional year of talented celebrities, including Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud and Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, on the dance floor for Strictly Come Dancing.
Sarfraz Manzoor Unpacking the Immigration Debate
19 Princelet Street is a place for dialogue and debate. It was the perfect setting for Sarfraz Manzoor to assess government policy on immigration controls, for This Week the BBC’s politics and current affairs TV programme hosted by Andrew Neil.
Sarfraz also told the story of his own family’s arrival in Britain. His analysis of the economic arguments around the government’s policy led into a studio debate. Watch the report
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a day that is often invoked as having changed the world around us, the museum of immigration at 19 Princelet Street held a special event to remember those who lost their lives on that day, and the tens of thousands who have since died or been cruelly injured in the tragic aftermath.
Michael Horovitz, this country's leading performance poet and torchbearer of the Poetry Olympics festivals, inspired and moved his audience with his account of how his own life experience - From Orthodox to Heterodox in only 75 Years - had caused him to reject the vindictiveness of 'an eye for an eye' and to adopt an anti war, anti fighting and anti bullying stance.
Michael Horovitz will be performing in support of the Museum of Immigration at 19 Princelet Street on Sunday 11 September at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
All places for this event are now taken.
Time Out's 101 Things to do in London
The definitive guide to getting the most out of London; the list of the 101 best things to do in the capital is put together by Time Out’s troop of expert writers and editors (along with suggestions from well-known London bloggers).
90 years on - Happy Birthday to Patron Lady Grade
This rare archive image of the synagogue, bedecked with flowers for Shavuot, is from 1911. Previously unpublished, we release our earliest photograph to mark a special birthday of one of our patrons, the very special Lady Grade (shown below, peeking from the ladies' gallery before climbing up to the weavers' garrets).
Show business mogul Lord 'Lew' Grade famously described their long and happy marriage as 'the best deal I ever made' . Arriving from Tokmak aged 5, the young Lew - later Lord Grade of Elstree (1906-1998) - found Brick Lane 'bleak and rather dark', unlike the bright and buzzy street that Lady Grade enjoyed on her latest visit. We look forward to seeing her soon and wish her a wonderful 91st year, with many more happy birthdays to come!
Author Monica Ali chose 19 Princelet Street as 'London's most important building', as part of the Royal Academy's lecture series in 2011. Speaking to a packed lecture theatre, Monica Ali described 19 Princelet Street's unique architectural, cultural and spiritual significance, and how 'you can feel history there in your fingertips and spine'.
As a beautiful story teller herself, Monica held her audience enthralled as she drew on scientist Lewis Wolpert's work to suggest that we humans are hard wired for story and that 19 Princelet Street is a place of many stories, a special place which enables and facilitates imaginative acts of empathy.
Gilda O'Neill 1951 - 2010
TRIO GOYA benefit concert for 19 Princelet Street
Continuing success in trial openings 2002
Some 10,000 visitors in just a handful of openings each year proves the extraordinary attraction of this haunting site, and its overlapping histories of different peoples. Many came because of this web site, or by word of mouth, so do tell your friends!
Special visits are arranged for schools, universities, refugees and other groups. We are actively seeking more funds, to be able to welcome more people who want to experience this special place.