Hackney Museum

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This exciting museum explores the reasons why people have moved to Hackney from all over the world for more than 1000 years. The museum displays include objects, interactives, computer programmes and the stories of real people. There is always something new to see at Hackney Museum in our two temporary exhibition areas with constantly changing displays.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 - 5.30
Thursday 9.30 - 8.00
Saturday 10.00 - 5.00

Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free

Hackney Museum's collections are broad. They include objects that relate to the local area's history, such as a Saxon log boat which is 1000 years old. We also collect objects that relate to communities' lives in Hackney, such as a set of Vietnamese painted fingernails. Finally we collect objects that relate to communities' lives in their countries of origin, such as a Nigerian catapult.

Collection details

World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Anglo Saxon logboat, Jewish Cloth badge and anti-semitic newspaper from Nazi Germany, Dennis Morris Photographs, Tom Hunter photographs, Huguenot silverwear, Eel Pie and Mash Shop, Rachel Whiteread photographs, Victorian fire engine, Vietnamese painted finger nails,
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Hackney@50

  • 1 February — 29 August 2015 *on now

50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney. Each object tells a different story and represents the start of a conversation with people who live, work and learn in Hackney.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Cambodian Recollections

  • 16 June — 7 November 2015 *on now

A collection of UK-based Cambodians' memories of the upheaval and purges from 1975 to 1979 along with the challenges of adapting to a new culture.
In partnership with SEA ArtsFest and Khmer Arts and Heritage Limited with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Picture Taking: Exploring Myself Through Photography.

  • 18 July — 31 December 2015 *on now

Photography offers a voice to people who find everyday communication a challenge. Features the work of Emma, Qwayne, Mohammed, Jason, Izu and Luke, students at The Garden School in Hackney, which supports children with special educational needs many with an autistic spectrum disorder.

Website

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/museum-exhibitions.htm#.VcB90bn4-mw

Who Were the Slave-owners of Hackney?

  • 1 October — 31 December 2015

Discover Hackney’s links to the global history of enslavement and its abolition through this display using original archives and the Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership. This display looks at a time when Hackney was a fashionable semi-rural area where both abolitionists and wealthy slave-owners lived side by side.

Where

Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
London
E8 3BQ

African Threads, Hackney Style

  • 1 October 2015 — 26 February 2016

The African Threads, Hackney Style exhibition will focus on the creation and use of printed cloths and their designs as expressions of African identity.
It will explore the ways they are worn in particular African regions along with the various ways they have influenced fashion, style and identity in Hackney today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Ruminations and reflections of moving to Hackney and 25 years on from the UN Slave Roots Project

  • 6 November 2014 — 6 November 2015 *on now

Family history from the African diaspora perspectives involves following a journey through the legacy of enslavement by looking at maps, documentary records, oral history and DNA. Patrick will share 2 case studies highlighting the slave routes from the Transatlantic and Indian Ocean.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/hackneymuseum

Hackney's Hidden Enslavement Stories

  • 22 October 2015 6:15-7:15pm
  • 7 November 2015 2-3pm

This 45 minute session provides an insight into the Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership for local and family history research.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Hackney Archives
Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
London
E8 3BQ

Admission

Limited spaces, booking required via Linda.Sydow@hackney.gov.uk / Tel: 020 8356 2509

African Threads, Hackney Style workshop

  • 27 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Create textile designs, patterns and prints with a professional textile artist.
Supported by Hackney Learning Trust.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Hackney Fashion workshop

  • 28 October 2015 2-4pm

Design fabulous fabrics and fashions inspired by Hackney and Africa.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

The Textile Trade

  • 29 October 2015 6:30-8pm

How West African consumers shaped globalisation during the 18th century.
An illustrated talk by researcher Kazuo Kobayashi.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Limited spaces, booking required via Linda.Sydow@hackney.gov.uk / Tel: 020 8356 2509.

Cambodian Children at Play

  • 29 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Explore childhood experiences, play and journeys with an interactive storyteller. Linked to Cambodian Recollections exhibition at Hackney Museum.

In partnership with SEA Arts Fest and Khmer Arts & Heritage, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

The Marvellous Mysteries of Hackney Museum at Night

  • 30 October 2015 6-8pm

An interactive and creative making tour of Hackney Museum and its local surroundings for the intrepid of mind and historically curious. Meet new people, learn about Hackney’s rich history and explore its back streets in new and unusual ways.

Materials supplied. Some local gentle walking involved, weather permitting.

Supported by Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Limited spaces, booking required via Linda.Sydow@hackney.gov.uk / Tel: 020 8356 2509

Universal Board Games workshop

  • 30 October 2015 2-4pm

Play games from around the world in this Black History Season themed workshop with Universal Board Games. Supported by Hackney Learning Trust.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Talk by Yinka Shonibare MBE

  • 5 November 2015 6:15-7:45pm

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work examines the construction of identity and the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe. Join the artist as he reflects on his work.

Website

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

ANTI-UNIVERSITY NOW! FESTIVAL

  • 20 — 22 November 2015

Join us in a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the Anti-University, inspired by topics from Black power to feminism, dragons to anti-psychiatry, and many others.

The Anti-University was a movement in the late 1960s based in Rivington Street, Shoreditch. It included iconic figures such as C.L.R James, Stokely Carmichael, R.D. Laing and Stuart Hall who wanted to break people out of the roles they were forced into by institutions like schools, universities, and hospitals. The Anti-University wanted to allow people to meet each other without forcing them to act out roles. They believed that this would expose the terrible reality of modern life, in which nobody really knew anyone, and spark a revolution.

Despite being short-lived and mostly shrouded in mystery, the Anti-University continues to capture the imagination of anyone interested in alternative education, self-organisation, non-hierarchical structures and radicalism​.

For updates about what's on offer, or to sign up to run a class, visit our Facebook page.

Website

http://www.facebook.com/antiuniversityofeastlondon

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

A Resource Pack for Teachers

The pack is aimed at Key Stage 1, 2 and Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers. It is designed to support a visit to Hackney Museum and contains background information on all the displays. The pack contains an information booklet to guide you through the displays and activities available at the museum, and worksheets, discussion, role-play and photo cards – packed full of good ideas on how to prepare and follow up on your visit.
For a copy of the teachers pack or for information on the free educational workshops designed to compliment the National Curriculum contact the Education Officer on 02083562529.

Creator

  • Hackney Museum

How to obtain

Call Hackney Museum's Education Officer on 020 8356 2529 or pick one up from the museum front desk.

Hackney Museum
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
Hackney
London
Greater London
E8 1GQ
England

Website

www.hackney.gov.uk/hackneymuseum

E-mail

hmuseum@hackney.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8356 2509

Fax

020 8356 3500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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