Liberal Judaism’s archive contains historical material from 1898 to the present day, from both the national movement and our communities.
The archive includes photographs, prayerbooks and service booklets, minutes, letters and correspondence, press cuttings, circulars, newsletters and magazines, cash books, oral histories, leaflets and pamphlets, youth movement magazines, flyers, t-shirts, badges, memorabilia from events, students packs, outreach reports, audio tapes and CDs, DVDs, photographs, trophies, and much more.
There is also information on other material that has been deposited by the London Metropolitan Archives and the Anglo-Jewish Archives at the University of Southampton.
Liberal Judaism’s archive is used regularly by researchers, students and academics, LJ staff and congregations.
Liberal Judaism’s archivist Alison Turner maintains and updates it on monthly visits to the Montagu Centre, dealing with donations and adding them to the database, as well as assisting enquirers.
Alison is supported by Bryan Diamond, Liberal Judaism’s Honorary Archivist.
Anyone wanting to visit the archive at the Montagu Centre in central London, or make an enquiry or donation, should email Alison or call the Montagu Centre on 020 7580 1663. Alison can send out the catalogue in hard copy or email on request.
Any congregation having an anniversary or special service for which they produce a service booklet or history is urged to send Alison a copy for inclusion in the archive, preferably in print, though electronic formats are also welcome. Photographs are also much appreciated, but please do make sure they have identifying information on them.