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As one door closes…

By Libby Clark


Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, Oudekraal, Cape Town (photo: Steve Muir)

As many of you will be aware, Performing the Jewish Archive formally came to an end on 30 June 2018, when our Arts and Humanities Research Council funding ceased. The project has enjoyed a remarkable three-and-a-half years of delivery, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting the project and its activities.

Of course, as the door closes on PtJA, many others open, and our work and the legacy of PtJA are continuing beyond the life of the funding period. New partnerships and connections have been formed as a result of the project and we look forward to seeing how these continue to develop. You can read Principle Investigator Stephen Muir’s article ‘PtJA research & outcomes: what next?’ to learn what we have in the pipeline.

There are, however, some staffing changes and practicalities to consider now that the project is officially at an end, and we would like to make you all aware of these:

Staffing changes

A number of you will already know that Simo Muir left the project at the end of December 2017 to take up an Honorary Research Fellow post at University College London. Simo’s contribution to PtJA was extraordinary and his work has been greatly missed by the team since his departure.

I (Libby) have also now left PtJA to take up the position of Programme Manager for UK aid funded Research Programme working in low and middle income countries. My last working day on the project was 26 February. PtJA has been a remarkable project to be a part of, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support and for the numerous opportunities for personal and professional development that PtJA has provided me with.

With the departure of Simo and myself, please note that the project office at the University of Leeds is no longer staffed, and many of the day-to-day functions of the project have ceased to occur, or will take place in a reduced capacity.

Contact details

The PtJA email address ( will be monitored for the foreseeable future by Principal Investigator Stephen Muir. The project telephone number will not be operational from March onwards so to contact the project by phone, please call the School of Music on +44 (0)113 343 2583 and ask to be transferred to Stephen Muir.

Online profile

The project website, Facebook and Twitter accounts remained live and updated until June 2018, albeit in a much reduced capacity. Since June 2018, these accounts have no longer be monitored or updated, though they will remain online as part of the project archive.

Project Newsletter

This is the final issue of the PtJA project newsletter. The PtJA mailing list will remain in operation, however. As with any MailChimp-managed mailing list, you can unsubscribe at any time, though we very much hope that you will stay with us, if only to get news of any new projects that you can then follow.

On behalf of the whole PtJA team, thank you very much for reading the project newsletter; we hope you have enjoyed following our progress, collectively and individually, and we look forward to meeting you again during one of the many projects that will emanate from PtJA.

Over and out!

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