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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2712/CRS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1855-2010
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 4.89 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Central Synagogue | Great Portland Street, London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Central Synagogue was opened in 1855 on Great Portland Street, as a branch of the Great Synagogue on Duke's Place, and was initially administered by that Synagogue. It became independent in 1870, and was one of the five original synagogues which grouped together to form the United Synagogue in 1870. The Synagogue building was destroyed by enemy action in 1941, but was rebuilt from 1955 and reconsecrated in 1958. It remains a Constituent member of the United Synagogue.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street, consisting of minute books of the sub-committee for Building the Central Synagogue, 1866-1871; architect's report to the Building Committee, 1856; seat book; financial records and photograph of the synagogue interior, 1928.

Material added in 2010 included Board of Management minute books; seatholders minute books; book of Laws of the Synagogue; marriage authorizations; registers of members; press cuttings, brochures, circulars, orders of service, reports, flyers, appeals, correspondence and death notices; a history of the congregation; photographs of Second World War bomb damage; designs for fittings; blank certificates; a seating plan; and photographs of notable members of the Synagogue.

PLEASE NOTE: Records can only be accessed with the written permission of the depositor. Contact the Chief Executive, United Synagogue.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged into five sub-series under the reference ACC/2712/CRS-1: Minutes (ACC/2712/CRS-1-1); Reports (ACC/2712/CRS-1-2); Membership (ACC/2712/CRS-1-3); Finance (ACC/2712/CRS-1-4); and Photographs (ACC/2712/CRS-1-5).

The 2010 deposit has been catalogued under 5 series:
ACC/2712/CRS/01: Administration;
ACC/2712/CRS/02: Finance;
ACC/2712/CRS/03: Membership;
ACC/2712/CRS/04: Printed Material;
ACC/2712/CRS/05: Visual Material.

Conditions governing access:

Items containing personal information are closed under the Data Protection Act. Other material is available for consultation only by written permission of the United Synagogue's Chief Executive.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited as part of a larger accession of material from the United Synagogue; with a second deposit in 2010.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

See the website of the Synagogue for a brochure on the history of the synagogue: (accessed March 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010.

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