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Banner of the Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum at Norwood, later the Jewish Orphanage. From the collection of the Jewish Museum London

This striking banner represents one of the most important organisations in Jewish welfare, the Norwood Orphanage, now Norwood Ravenswood.

The banner commemorates the founding of the Jews' Hospital in 1795 and the Jews' Orphan Asylum in 1831. The two bodies amalgamated in 1876, and provided caring residential care for Jewish orphans in the organisation's large premises in Norwood, South London, until the home's closure in the 1960s.

A travelling exhibition What about the children? 200 Years of Norwood Child Care 1795-1995, and a book of the same title, are available from the Jewish Museum, London. These describe life in the Jewish orphanage and chart the changing character of Norwood over two centuries.