Salomons Museum

Jewish history collections

David Salomons was the first Jew to speak in Parliament.  This was the bench from which he did so.

'David Salomons was the first Jew to speak in
Parliament.  This was the bench from which he did so.'

The collections associated with Sir David Salomons, first baronet, are relevant to Jewish history in Britain .

There are items from Salomons' time as the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London and from his attempts to get into Parliament. Most famously there is the bench from the Palace of Westminster from which David Salomons first spoke when elected in 1851.

There are items associated with other members of the Salomons family and other leading Jewish families such as the Cohens, the Goldsmids, the Rothschilds and the Montefiores, and also small relics such as a piece of stone from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and water from Rebekah's Well at Harran.

» Find out more about David Salomons and the fight for Jewish rights in England.
» See items from the Salomons collection associated with Jewish history.