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Pubs, Clubs & Carnivals

An exhibition about pleasure and leisure in Hackney.



Having fun is a serious business! From greased pigs and naked swimming to a variety of festivals and carnivals, Hackney has led the way.

Discover Britain’s earliest purpose-built cinema and commercial television studio as well as Europe’s largest theatre.

Visit the exhibition to find out how people have enjoyed themselves in Hackney over the last 300 years.
Plaster cast bust of Lord Byron

Plaster cast bust of Lord Byron

1810 = 1900

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Great Exhibition medal

1851

Museum poster

Museum poster

1987

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Events poster : Snakes Alive

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Exhibition poster : The Dark World of Witches

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Events poster : Ancient Egypt - The Rituals

Events poster : Sir Mortimer Wheeler - Digging

Events poster : Sir Mortimer Wheeler - Digging

1967

Rent Book

Rent Book

1931 = 1932

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Suitcase

1955 = 1965

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Matchpacket : Sparkasse der Stadt Innsbruck

1956 = 1959

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Portrait photograph (black and white)

6/1935

Newmont Travel Poster

Newmont Travel Poster

1998

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Photograph (black and white)

1925 = 1935

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Photograph (black and white)

1925 = 1935

Photograph of the upper deck of a ship

Photograph of the upper deck of a ship

1932=1950

Photograph of a passenger ship

Photograph of a passenger ship

1932-1950

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Belle Steamers and Royal Sovereign

1922

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Ice skates

1900 = 1930

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Photograph - Kitty Daines & friends on beach

1929 = 1931

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Postcard - The Strand, Torquay

1920 = 1929

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Photograph album

9/1936

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Photograph album

9/1936

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Photograph album

9/1936

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Holiday Savings Club

1961

Contribution card : Holiday Savings Club

Contribution card : Holiday Savings Club

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Travel agents advertising sign

1950 = 1960

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Hackney Speedway '76

02/07/1976

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Hackney Speedway: The Hawks

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Hackney Speedway

1967

Greyhound racing programme

Greyhound racing programme

1933

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Connaught Rooms

1970s

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Pickwick Bicycle Club

01/01/1970 - 01/08/1970

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Pickwick Bicycle Club

01/01/1970 - 01/08/1970

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Stoneware jug - J. Baum White Lion Hackney Wick

1825=1868

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Model of the Eagle Tavern

A merry party

A merry party

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Music hall poster : Real Old Time Music Hall

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Beer pump handle

1850 = 1920

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Trapatelle

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Three haypence token

1835 = 1923

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Public house token

1896

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Token - Green Man, Hoxton

1856 = 1867

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Coffe Tavern token

1880 = 1910

Hackney Empire poster : Robin Hood and the babes in the wood...Hackney Empire

Hackney Empire poster : Robin Hood and the babes in the wood...Hackney Empire

1989

Theatre programme : Alexandra Theatre Programme

Theatre programme : Alexandra Theatre Programme

1940 = 1950

Lower Palaeolithic Hand axe

Lower Palaeolithic Hand axe

Lower Paleolithic

Mesolithic Flint Blade

Mesolithic Flint Blade

Mesolithic

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Hand axe (broken)

4000 BC - 2500 BC

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Palaeolithic Hand Axe

500000BC - 12000BC

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Holiday itinerary

1956 = 1959

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Leaflet

1956 = 1959

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Leaflet

1956 = 1959