Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
020 8356 2509
020 8356 3500
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.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 - 5.30
Thursday 9.30 - 8.00
Saturday 10.00 - 5.00
Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays
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.
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,
Writing Home - Letters to Hackney during the First World War
- 6 May — 30 August 2014 *on now
The letters give a poignant insight into the personal lives of Joseph Hughes of the 24th ‘Sportsmen’ Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers who survived the war to come home and marry his sweetheart Lizzie and Alexander Dyall of the Honourable Artillery Company who died at the Battle of Passchendaele.
Alexander’s letters were donated to Hackney Archives by a descendant. Joseph’s letters and wartime memorabilia were donated to The Fusilier Museum, London by his grandson Colin McDonald.
Do you have letters or items belonging to your relatives who served during the First World War? Hackney Museum would like to hear from local people about their family stories, whether they were born in Hackney or another part of the world or served for a different country. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Any age
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.
- Hackney Museum
How to obtain
Call Hackney Museum's Education Officer on 020 8356 2529 or pick one up from the museum front desk.