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2015 - Hackney@50

50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney

In 1965, the London boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington merged to form what is today known as Hackney. A new exhibition at Hackney Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the London Borough of Hackney.

50 local people and groups have selected an object each from Hackney Museum’s collection to share what Hackney means to them. Each object tells a different story and is the start of a conversation with people who live, work and learn in the borough.

From an ancient fossil of the deep sea excavated in Stoke Newington to a Victorian Dalston teenager’s diary to a beautiful hanging of the Sura Al-Fatiha, the first chapter of the Koran, the exhibition weaves a tapestry of the rich and diverse voices in Hackney today.

Join the conversation by visiting the exhibition. You can suggest what object to display or tweet about one using #Hackney50.
Portrait of George Loddiges

Portrait of George Loddiges

c.1817-8

The Yum Yum Cookbook

The Yum Yum Cookbook

2007

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Thai Elephant

1970s

Art work created by patient of Homerton Hospital brain trauma unit

Art work created by patient of Homerton Hospital brain trauma unit

01/01/2001 - 01/06/2006

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A decorative hanging of the Surah Al-Fatiha, the Opening of the Quran

1986

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Saz

Tiffin

Tiffin

1900s-1920s

Nautilus fossil

Nautilus fossil

50000000

London Jewish Bakers Union

London Jewish Bakers Union

1962

Hackney Empire poster : Hackney Empire Festival

Hackney Empire poster : Hackney Empire Festival

1986

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Photograph

12/1986

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Bus Conductor's ticket printing machine, tickets and case

c.1940s-1950s

Hackney Changes

Hackney Changes

2012

Paraffin heater

Paraffin heater

1960s

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More art for more children!

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Vietnamese Gong and Beater

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The Diaries of Lizzie Hudson

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Telephone

1950s

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School Bell

New Bus for London

New Bus for London

2012

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Sack Boris

2012

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Circus Space unicycle

c.1990s

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Suitcase

1955 = 1965

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Kurdish needlework

1994

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Television

1950s

Igbale

Igbale

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Sensational Paratroopers

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33 Degrees Badge

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Knights Templar Apprentice Sash

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I ? Hackney

2014

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'I'm a Hackney cyclist'

1980 -1986

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Women's badge : Angela Davis in Hackney

1986

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The Rio Presents

1980 = 1985

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Badge - New Cross Massacre

18/01/1981

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Hackney Speedway: The Hawks

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Hackney Council Voting Rights Campiagn

1984 = 1986

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10th London Hackney

1914

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4 Stoke Newington N Lond. Vol. Regt

1914 = 1918

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Badge - Hackney Coat of Arms

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Haws Watering Can

2015

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Labour Party leaflet : Sorry we missed you

6/1987

Stoke Newington Peace Quilt

Stoke Newington Peace Quilt

1985

Carnival against the Nazis

Carnival against the Nazis

1978

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Ridge Tent

1950 = 1970

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Mayoral badge : Borough of Shoreditch. More light more power

1969

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Mayoral badge : Borough of Hackney mayoral badge

1910

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Stoke Newington Deputy Mayoress badge

1900 = 1910

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Cosmic Sherbert Saucers

2008

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Keep the Hackney Empire Open

1986

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Bingo sign (Hackney Empire)

1966 = 1986

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Fish Brothers Limited

1934

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Woolworths Tea Set

1921 - 1955