The largest category of images in our photographic archive are black and white photographs of Jewish life in London dating from the 1900s to 1940s. Particular strengths include Jewish shops, tailoring workshops, studio portraits of families, school classes and images from Yiddish theatre. Wedding photographs include many examples by the renowned East End photographer Boris Bennett.
The archive also reflects the origins and traditions of immigrants from Eastern Europe, refugees from Nazism and immigrants from the Sephardi diaspora across the Middle and Far East, including Iraq, Iran, Aden and India.
We also actively photograph a wide range of aspects of British Jewish life today, bringing the photographic archive right up to date.