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01 Natural History

Mammoths, hippos, wholly rhinos and more! Browse our collection of fossils.

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02 Prehistoric Hackney

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03 Roman & Saxon Hackney

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04 Hackney 1066 - 1713

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05 Georgian Hackney

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06 Victorian Hackney

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07 First World War

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09 Second World War

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1950s

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1970s

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1980s

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2009 Growing Up Black – a photographic exhibition by Dennis Morris

A unique and poignant collection of photographs depicting the West Indian

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2010s

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2011 Our African Roots

Objects and stories from the museum collections featured in the temporary

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2015 African Threads Hackney Style

This exhibition explored Hackney’s historic ties with Africa through fabric

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2018 - Making Her Mark

100 years of women's activism in Hackney.

The story of women’s

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2018 Roots, Rhythms & Records

The sounds and stories of African & Caribbean music in Hackney


From

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2019 Hackney's Got Style

Celebrating the History of African and Caribbean Fashion & Hair


This

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2021 Being African in Hackney: 1960s-2020s

Exploring the experiences of Hackney’s diverse African heritage communities.

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2022 We Are All In This Together - Hackney During The Pandemic

The world as we know it changed in 2020. The global Covid-19 pandemic

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African Hackney

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Art of War

Posters and propaganda from the First World War.



The original

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Broadway Market

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Caribbean Hackney

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Chalmers collection of fine & decorative arts

A selection of works of art from the collections of Hackney resident Alexander

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Civic Life

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Dalston

Items from the museum's collection relating to the area of Dalston.

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Disability & Access

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Earlier Olympic and Paralympic Games

Items from the museum's collection relating to the London Olympic Games of

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Hackney Wick

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Hackney@50

50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney




In 1965, the

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Healthcare in Hackney

Hackney has a long tradition of healthcare from the earliest private hospitals

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Historic Images

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Island to Island

Journeys through the Caribbean.



This exhibition presented a

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Jewish Hackney

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LGBT History Month 2017

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Local responses to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

As part of the Mapping the Change project, Hackney Museum is collecting local

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London 2012

This theme contains items the museum has collected that relate to the London

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Music, Dance & Performance

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My Story (Oral Histories)

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On display: 01 City limits

Hackney was once a group of quiet villages - an ideal place for wealthy

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On display: 02 Free speech

Hackney was once on the edge of London, outside the control of the City

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On display: 03 Safe haven

For hundreds of years Hackney has provided a refuge for people from other

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On display: 04 A place to find work

The chance to find a job has been one of the main reasons why people have come

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On display: 05 A place to do business

For centuries Hackney has been convenient place to settle and start a new

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On display: 06 A place to live

Hackney has traditionally been able to offer cheap housing to new arrivals.

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On display: 07 No choice

Some people found themselves in Hackney through no choice of their own. These

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On display: 08 Street level

Generations of settlers have left their mark on Hackney. Their influence can

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On display: 09 A sense of community

Arriving in a new place with a different culture and language can be difficult

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On display: 10 Moving on

This has always been a mobile population. Roma, gypsys and travellers were

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On Display: Highlights

Explore some of the highlights in our permanent display.

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Out of the Mancave

Experiences of isolation and lockdown in men 50+.



Hackney

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People Power

Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s.


This

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Politics & Campaigning

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Pubs, Clubs & Carnivals

An exhibition about pleasure and leisure in Hackney.



Having fun

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Sharing Our Stories

Jewish Stamford Hill, 1930s-1950s



For the last 350 years.

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Shoreditch

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Sports

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Stoke Newington

Items from the museum's collection relating to the area of Stoke Newington.

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Visual Arts & Crafts

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Warhol to Walker

American prints from pop art to today.



From Andy Warhol to