Jewish Philanthropy: Solidarity, Antisemitism and Cultural Heritage

This conference explores the objectives, consequences and diverse national cultures of Jewish philanthropy in Britain and Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It explores how Jewish philanthropists created and transformed a range of social and cultural institutions- ranging from schools and hospitals to humanitarian organisations and art galleries - as philanthropy emerged a crucial expression of both local and global Jewish politics. It considers the different geographical scales on which Jewish philanthropy operated, the multiple social constituencies it reached, and the divergent and problematic ways in which it has been remembered. Featuring two participatory workshops sessions, along with presentations of new research, the conference once again brings together academics and heritage professionals from the National Trust and across Europe to reflect on what lessons have been learned from the Jewish Country House project, and what challenges remain in presenting the story of Jewish philanthropists to a contemporary audience.

This conference is for invited participants only.