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.

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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.
Malcolm Shears

Sharing Our Stories: Jewish Stamford Hill 1930s-1950s

  • 13 September 2016 — 9 January 2017 *on now

A display of local people's stories by Teen Action, a Chassidic Orthodox Jewish organisation for young women, and Hackney Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Lenthall Road Workshop, 1980s

People Power: Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s

  • 4 October 2016 — 21 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition explores aspects of Black British arts and activism which have developed in Hackney since the 1960s.

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.

Turning Points: Your Story, Your Voice

  • 27 October 2016 6-7:30pm *on now
Sorry, fully booked

A theatre making workshop with actor and playwright Yolanda Mercy exploring past events that inspired a whole generation of poets, writers, storytellers and actors. What are the events shaping creatives today?

Developed in collaboration with Yolanda Mercy and Hackney Arts. Age 16 +.


Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+



Hackney Words: A People's Story of Hackney

  • 27 October 2016 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm *on now

Create your own people power poems with spoken word artists Vivienne Isebor and Kwame Asiedu, inspired by Hackney Museum's new exhibition People Power: Black British Art & Activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s.

Free entry. No booking required - just turn up.


Hackney Museum
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ



On the Cutting Edge: in conversation with Mutabaruka

  • 2 November 2016 6:30-9pm

Mutabaruka is a world renowned poet, lecturer, Rastafarian philosopher, activist and social commentator. Take this rare opportunity to join Mutabaruka as part of his UK tour. Revisit excerpts from his radio show, 'The Cutting Edge' and performance archive, and take part in discussing the social issues affecting us all today.


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



No Colour Bar - connecting black archives and black bookshops

  • 5 November 2016 2:30-3:45pm

Join Dr Michael McMillan to explore radical bookshops through Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, Walter Rodney Bookshop and Centerprise.



Super-diversity and recent immigration: pathways of settlement of new migrants in Hackney

  • 10 November 2016 6-7:30pm

This talk by Susanne Wessendorf will present the findings of a research project which looked at the settlement of recent migrants in Hackney who come from unusual countries of origin such as Senegal, Mauritania, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan.



People Power exhibition tour

  • 24 November 2016 6:15-7:15pm

Join this short tour of the exhibition and share your stories of arts and activism in Hackney.

Free entry. No booking required - just turn up.



A Hackney autobiography: remembering Centerprise with On the Record

  • 26 November 2016 11am-4pm

Celebrate the history of Centerprise, the Hackney-based community bookshop, publisher, café and more with a day of walks, talks and mingling.

This event will launch a book and mobile phone app, sharing and using Centerprise's history. A full programme will be available closer to the event.



Nelson Mandela - Freedom: celebrating a legacy

  • 1 December 2016 5:45-7:45pm

Join KG Lester and The WordLovers Society Writers Group for a special evening of remembrance and celebration of the life and times of Nelson Mandela including readings, dance, music and song



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.


  • 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
Greater London
E8 1GQ






020 8356 2509


020 8356 3500

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