Dr Rachel Lichtenstein is a British artist, writer and curator who is internationally known for her books, multi-media projects and artworks that examine place, memory and Jewish identity.
Rachel has been Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-director of the Centre for Place Writing. She also holds a position as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies, and is a member of the Collections Advisory Network at the Jewish Museum of London.
Her recent projects include project managing an archive collection in London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue, co-creating digital ‘Memory Maps’ of Jewish London and Manchester, and a multi-disciplinary research project on Jewish settlement in Barbados. She has published award-winning books and articles, and her work has received extensive coverage in the national print and broadcast media. She has also contributed to a number of anthologies and other publications.
Rachel trained as a sculptor and her artwork has been widely exhibited. Her oral history collections can be found in archives in Israel, Barbados and the UK. She has been a tour guide of London’s Jewish East End for over thirty years.
Rachel works on various preservation projects of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage.