Manchester Regional Group - Mini Conference 2021 - Sunday 25th July

Manchester Regional Group of JGSGB presents


Northern Jewish Genealogy mini-conference

Sunday 25th July 2021

1.30pm – 5.30pm


Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed any face-to-face meetings and presentations within the Manchester Region. This has created an opportunity for the Manchester Regional Group to host its first, half day, mini-conference over the Zoom platform. This will give delegates the chance to watch every presentation from the comfort of their homes.


There will be no restrictions on the numbers attending the conference so we look forward to welcoming members from around the globe and especially those who would not normally be in a position to join us. 


There will be a small charge for registration to cover the Society’s costs. This will be £5 for members and £10 for non-members. The charge will cover all persons within a household and using the same electronic device. 



***THREE Fascinating Presentations***


From Budapest to Switzerland via Belsen: My Hungarian grand-mother's escape.

Robert Dyson 

In March 1944 the Germans marched into Hungary to liquidate the last significant continental European Jewish Community. In all the turmoil of antisemitism and fear, Jews would do anything to leave the country. Kastner, a Hungarian Jew, negotiated with the Germans to barter Jews in exchange for goods or cash. Robert's grandmother was one of those who “benefited” from this deal – but she didn't get what she expected.

A retired solicitor, with a strong interest in music, local, family, and social history, Robert Dyson is an Ambassador for MAP, a charity, which runs an innovative approach to teaching excluded high school children. He is writing a history of Mabgate, an unloved, but interesting, central Leeds district


YIVO (Vilna, New York, London): An archive and its British Jewish holdings

William Pimlott

YIVO has an unparalleled archive of materials pertaining to the life of Eastern European Jewry. In this presentation YIVO's history, its collections and the brand-new developments that are aiming to make them more accessible than ever will be discussed.

William Pimlott is a PhD student at UCL studying Yiddish and British Jewish History. He is also working for YIVO UK, an organisation dedicated to bringing YIVO and its collections to the attention of the British Jewish and non-Jewish community.


From Vilkaviskis to Salford: The Schoolboy and The Photographer

Anna Douglas & Errol Gross

How does a chance discovery in a charity shop connect an immigrant Jewish family from Russia in the 1900s with a renowned photographer of Salford? The answer will be revealed in this two-part presentation supported by family memoirs and amazing period photographs.

Dr Anna Frances Douglas is a curator, researcher, writer and university lecturer with a particular interest in the practices and theories of visual media, particularly photography in its many forms.  Over the past ten years, she has curated five major photographic-based projects engaging little known archives and collections of ‘documentary’ and ‘record’ photography, commissioned and exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery London, PhotoEspagne, Madrid, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham and Manchester Art Gallery. Her innovative integration of oral history, public participation and photography curation is the subject of her 2020 PhD with the University of Leeds.

Errol Gross is a long-standing member of the Manchester Regional group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. He has helped with the organisation of their events, conferences and recently with the group's newsletter. In the past, he has presented talks at the London JGSGB Conference, at Manchester Limmud, and to local Jewish and non-Jewish organisations



1.30pm Welcome Leigh Dworkin (Chairman JGSGB)

1.40pm Robert Dyson 

2.40pm Break

2.50pm William Pimlott

3.50pm Break

4.00pm Anna Douglas & Errol Gross

5.15pm Closing remarks – David Jacobs (JGSGB President)

5.25pm Close






There are two ways to register for places at the Conference:


  1. Online through the JGSGB Shopping Website with payments by PayPal:
  2. Completing the Registration Form which can be found here: Manchester On-line mini-conference 2021_Registration Form


Payments will be acknowledged. 


A Zoom link will follow after Friday 16th July 2021

Registration with payments must be received by Friday, 16th July 2021

If you have any queries about the Conference, please email: