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Medieval Jewish History of Oxford
By Rich Ward
BBC Oxford

A Medieval Jew wearing clothes of the era

The Jewish community of Oxford dates back to the late eleventh century.

It thrived and prospered until fortunes began to wane for Jews in England leading up to their expulsion in 1290.

The records relating to Jewish life in Oxford are thought to be the best preserved in the world.

As a result, it has been possible to put together a vivid picture of this community through its transactions and records.

Pam Manix is a medieval historian who has been trawling the archives and has been creating maps of where some of the characters lived in the period. She has been collaborating with the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee on various projects, including a website which aims to gather together information about the Jewish community in the Middle Ages and beyond, and to be a place to announce new discoveries as they are made.

I took a walk around the city centre with Pam to discover more about this city's unique heritage, and Pam came into the studio along with Evie Kemp, the convenor of the Committee, to talk with Phil Mercer on the Sunday Breakfast programme about history and the work of the Committee.

Rich Ward/Pam Manix Oxford tour
29 Mar 10 |  Religion & Ethics
Pam Manix and Evie Kemp interview
29 Mar 10 |  Religion & Ethics



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