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'World-class' museum to be built
A "world-class" museum dedicated to the Jewish community is to be created in London, it has been confirmed.

A £4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the Jewish Museum, currently at two sites, to display both collections in one building.

The flagship museum on Albert Street in Camden Town is to expand.

The collections cover the history, culture and religious life of the Jewish community from Mediaeval times to present day.

'Terrific news'

The Heritage Lottery Fund said the new museum will focus on attracting people who are currently under-represented, including children and families, and other minority groups.

The plans include the creation of a children's area, café and 100-seat auditorium along with three additional permanent galleries.

The second floor will be dedicated to special exhibitions and a new education suite.

Carole Souter, director of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "We're delighted this substantial grant will now enable the Museum to create a fascinating and integrated venue in which to celebrate and learn about Jewish history, culture and religion."

Alan Yentob, creative director at the BBC and patron of the Jewish Museum, added: "This is terrific news for the Jewish Museum.

"The investment will enable the museum to realise its full potential as a major cultural and educational resource for London and the UK while continuing to encourage greater understanding between different cultural and religious communities."

The Jewish Museum is currently split over two sites Camden Town and another at the Sternberg Centre in Finchley

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