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,
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.
Who Were the Slave-owners of Hackney?
- 1 October — 31 December 2015 *on now
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.
Dalston CLR James Library
African Threads, Hackney Style
- 1 October 2015 — 23 January 2016 *on now
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.
- Family friendly
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.
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
020 8356 2509
020 8356 3500