Hackney Museum

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






020 8356 2509


020 8356 3500

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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.

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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


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.

What a Journey! Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS

  • 10 September 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now

This speical exhibition shares the experiences of retired Caribbean nurses who served in Hackney, Newham and neighbouring areas.

The National Health Service was set up in 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War and during shortage of labour. The NHS recurited staff for this new service directly from the Caribbean.This dispaly provides an opportunity to hear nurses' stories of commitment, dedication, camaraderie and life-long friendships.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Ths Slave Owners of Hackney at CLR James Library and Hackney Archive

  • 1 October 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

This exhibition explores aspects of Hackney's slave owners during the 18th and 19th centuries, in partnership with the Legaices of British Slave-ownership project at University College London.

Find out more about some of the people who are linked to enslavement through the project and the legacy of Hackney today

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.


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How to obtain

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