Exhibition & Displays
2023 - 1980s People Power: The Campaign to Save St Leonard's Hospital
Hackney Health Emergency was a successful people-led campaign to save St
2023 - Hackney 300,000 BC: Old Stone Age
Neanderthal neighbours and curious creatures of the borough's Old Stone
2022 - Faces Behind the Fashions: Hackney and the Garment Trade
Stories from the clothing industry in 20th century Hackney.
For most of
On Display: Highlights
Explore some of the highlights in our permanent display.
2018 - Roots, Rhythms & Records
The sounds and stories of African & Caribbean music in Hackney
2022 - Movers, Shakers & Community Makers
This display explores how African heritage individuals have shaped Hackney to
2016 - Sharing Our Stories: Jewish Stamford Hill, 1930s-1950s
Jewish Stamford Hill, 1930s-1950s
For the last 350 years. Hackney has
2018 - Making Her Mark: 100 years of women's activism in Hackney
100 years of women's activism in Hackney.
The story of women’s
2009 - Growing Up Black: a photographic exhibition by Dennis Morris
A unique and poignant collection of photographs depicting the West Indian
2016 - Pubs, Clubs & Carnivals: Pleasure and Leisure in Hackney
An exhibition about pleasure and leisure in Hackney.
Having fun is a
2015 - Hackney@50: The People's Choice
50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney
In 1965, the London boroughs
2015 - African Threads Hackney Style
This exhibition explored Hackney’s historic ties with Africa through fabric
2016 - Art of War: Posters and Propaganda from the First World War
Posters and propaganda from the First World War.
2017 - Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today
American prints from pop art to today.
From Andy Warhol to Hackney Wick,
2022 - People Power: Black British Arts and Activism in Hackney
Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s.
2021 - Out of the Mancave
Experiences of isolation and lockdown in men 50+.
2017 - Island to Island: Journeys Through the Caribbean
Journeys through the Caribbean.
This exhibition presented a visual
2019 - Hackney's Got Style
Celebrating the History of African and Caribbean Fashion & Hair
2021 - Being African in Hackney: 1960s-2020s
Exploring the experiences of Hackney’s diverse African heritage communities.
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
2011 - Our African Roots
This exhibition came about from our conversations with a number of people of
On display: 01 City limits
Hackney was once a group of quiet villages - an ideal place for wealthy
On display: 02 Free speech
Hackney was once on the edge of London, outside the control of the City
On display: 03 Safe haven
For hundreds of years Hackney has provided a refuge for people from other
On display: 05 A place to do business
For centuries Hackney has been convenient place to settle and start a new
On display: 07 No choice
Some people found themselves in Hackney through no choice of their own. These
On display: 06 A place to live
Hackney has traditionally been able to offer cheap housing to new arrivals.
On display: 10 Moving on
This has always been a mobile population. Roma, gypsys and travellers were
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
On display: 08 Street level
Generations of settlers have left their mark on Hackney. Their influence can
On display: 09 A sense of community
Arriving in a new place with a different culture and language can be difficult