Llandudno Museum explores the contribution of the Jewish people since the Victorian era
A HISTORY of the Jews of Llandudno and their role in helping the city to become “the queen of Welsh seaside resorts” is on display in a museum.
The Llandudno Museum & Gallery and Bangor University have launched the Llandudno Jewish History exhibition which documents the contribution of the Jewish people and their important contribution to the city and its economy, culture, politics and sporting achievements since the victorian era.
Llandudno has been described as ‘the location of the last Jewish community in North Wales’, and as early as the 19th century the opportunities offered by Llandudno’s emergence as a holiday resort attracted Jewish merchants who helped the city to become a popular vacation destination.
Llandudno also became a popular destination for Jewish families over the next century, the exhibit shows.
Janet Finch-Saunders, MS for Aberconwy, officially launched the display this weekend.
“It is an honor to have been invited to officially open this timely exhibition, which so beautifully highlights the central role the Jewish community has played in making Llandudno the queen of Welsh seaside resorts,” said the MS.
“I encourage residents and visitors to explore the exhibit and take the historic walking tour of our very special city. ”
The exhibit was produced by the Menter Fachwen Walk and Discover Project and was funded and produced in partnership with Bangor University and the Bangor Fund.
The Llandudno Museum & Gallery contributed to the research and helped bring it to life through artifacts and additional interpretation. This exhibition helps uncover this forgotten history of Llandudno’s development as a thriving seaside resort and commercial destination.
A series of photos by North Wales photographer Jim Tan illustrating the Haredi community’s connection to Llandudno is also on display.
Along with the exhibition, an accompanying map allows visitors to “walk and discover” this hidden history of Llandudno.
Professor Nathan Abrams, Bangor University, said: “I am delighted that the Llandudno Museum & Gallery is hosting our exhibition which is part of a larger effort to capture, preserve and share the vibrant Jewish history of the North Wales. Watch this space for more to come.
Dawn Lancaster, Director of the Llandudno Museum, added: “I am grateful to Gareth Roberts of Mentor Fachwen for his incredible work in putting all of this information together to create a walk and linking it so beautifully to the exhibition panels, and to the teacher. Abrams who worked tirelessly. to discover the Jewish history and experience in North Wales.