Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950

Hannah Holtschneider, Mia Spiro, Phil Alexander

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Abstract / Description of output

Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is a joint project between the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and runs for three years from September 2015 until August 2018.

As Jews in Scotland moved between and within, into and out of local and transnational spaces, the objects they saved, used and created reveal how Jews self-identified as they negotiated issues such as antisemitism, assimilation, cultural loss, memory and the Holocaust, nationalism and belonging. The materiality of such Scottish Jewish ‘memory objects’ testifies to the visibility of aspects of the past in the immediate environment of people’s new lives in Scotland. The location and placement of these items within a Scottish landscape offers a rich ground for the investigation of various processes of cultural transition and provides a link to the study of the city and Jewish space, thus making the best use of the available archival resources and material evidence.

This project draws primarily on the collections of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC), the largest and continually growing repository of items relating to Jewish migration to and life in Scotland. Other relevant primary sources are located in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, the Edinburgh and Glasgow City Archives, the National Library of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog Articles
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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