Exhibition & Displays
2009 Growing Up Black – a photographic exhibition by Dennis Morris
A unique and poignant collection of photographs depicting the West Indian
2011 Our African Roots
Objects and stories from the museum collections featured in the temporary
2015 African Threads Hackney Style
This exhibition explored Hackney’s historic ties with Africa through fabric
2018 - Making Her Mark
100 years of women's activism in Hackney.
The story of women’s
2018 Roots, Rhythms & Records
The sounds and stories of African & Caribbean music in Hackney
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
Art of War
Posters and propaganda from the First World War.
50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney
In 1965, the
Island to Island
Journeys through the Caribbean.
This exhibition presented a
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: 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: 05 A place to do business
For centuries Hackney has been convenient place to settle and start a new
On display: 06 A place to live
Hackney has traditionally been able to offer cheap housing to new arrivals.
On display: 07 No choice
Some people found themselves in Hackney through no choice of their own. These
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
On display: 10 Moving on
This has always been a mobile population. Roma, gypsys and travellers were
On Display: Highlights
Explore some of the highlights in our permanent display.
Out of the Mancave
Experiences of isolation and lockdown in men 50+.
Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s.
Pubs, Clubs & Carnivals
An exhibition about pleasure and leisure in Hackney.
Sharing Our Stories
Jewish Stamford Hill, 1930s-1950s
For the last 350 years.
Warhol to Walker
American prints from pop art to today.
From Andy Warhol to