Learning about the Scratch process and working with BAC Producers has made us re-assess the way we work. It’s still early days, but learning about Scratch from BAC has empowered us to take bolder, creative steps, helping us take the museum forwards – something I think many other museums could benefit from.
- Max Dunbar, CEO
Cheetham Hill, North Manchester, one of the most culturally diverse areas in the city.
Manchester Jewish Museum (MJM) brings people of all faiths and backgrounds together to explore Jewish faith, culture and heritage using their collections, volunteer-led tours, a learning programme and regular events including talks, comedy nights, concerts and plays. MJM is the only Jewish Museum in the UK outside London, home to the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester.
The Scratching Stories project explored three different methods of bringing people together and creating an environment in which they feel comfortable to share stories: Food (focusing on the key museum theme of community); Storytelling (focusing on stories related to the theme of journeys); and Music (exploring the theme of identity).
Over a number of weeks in summer 2016, the museum ran baking workshops; established a museum community choir and welcomed people of all cultures and backgrounds to share their stories of journeys during storytelling workshops.