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Blood Donation Registration Days at the Jewish Museum

Promotional images of the Blood exhibition at the Jewish Museum London

‘Know Your Group’ testing and registration days ahead of donation in February:

•   Sunday 8 November

•   Monday 7 December

•   Sunday 17 January

Jewish Museum London will be hosting blood donation registration events in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), to coincide with a new exhibition about blood (Blood, 5 November 2015 – 28 February 2016).

Anyone interested in saving lives through blood donation is invited to attend one of three ‘Know Your Group’ days at the Museum, to find out their likely blood group and to register as a donor. Donors will be invited to give blood in February.

The Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Blood, draws together manuscripts, prints, ritual and ceremonial objects, art, film, literature and cultural ephemera to present a rich exploration of how blood can unite and divide, reflecting on over 2,000 years of history.

Abigail Morris, Chief Executive of Jewish Museum London said: “Our exhibition explores the revolutionary idea that one person’s blood could flow in another’s veins, saving lives across cultures and religions. There remains an urgent need for more donors to come forward, so if you are thinking about giving blood, come to a Know Your Group day at the Museum - we invite you to explore the remarkable cultural history of blood, and potentially to take part in that story.”  

Darren Bowen, Regional Marketing Manager from NHS Blood and Transplant, added: “We are pleased to be involved in this exciting exhibition at the Jewish Museum and we hope it will help inspire more people to become blood donors. During the exhibition we will be holding three ‘Know Your Group’ days in November, December and January, so attendees will have the opportunity to find out what donating blood involves, to find out their likely blood group on the day and to register as a new donor!”

The forthcoming exhibition explores the theme of blood through the lens of Jewish religion, culture and history, and reflects on how blood is an essential part of life as well as integral to rituals about food, sex, and circumcision.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London.

An illustrated publication produced by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism to accompany the exhibition, , features newly commissioned essays from leading international scholars exploring some of the exhibition’s key themes.

The exhibition has been designed by Tom Piper and Alan Farlie. Tom Piper is an award-winning designer who recently won the Sky Arts Award for Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the poppies installation at the Tower of London in 2014 (Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red). He is working with the architect Alan Farlie (Director and co-founder of RFK Architects). The pair collaborated as designers on the British Museum’s acclaimed Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition in 2012.

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For further information or images please contact:

David Lasserson, Claire Walsh - Brunswick Arts

jewishmuseum@brunswickgroup.com / 0207 936 1290

Monday 2nd November, 2015

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