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Discover the stories of some of the amazing people that have made Hackney their homes over the last 1,000 years, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to recent refugees.

Hackney’s tradition of welcoming newcomers means that its history encompasses the world-wide roots of many communities.

The displays reveal this diverse and changing history through fascinating interviews, objects and images.

Some of them, like the child’s sculpture from Sierra Leone and the propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany, powerfully illustrate the forces that have driven people to leave their homes.

Others like the contents of a Yiddish printing business, show the opportunities people have found here to make a living and start new lives.

Plus our display of artworks from the Chalmers Bequest features historic paintings alongside new commissions from Terence Besmirch, Margarita Gluzberg and Paul Needham.

Includes free entry to our new temporary exhibition 'Hackney in the 1980s: Photographs from the Tape/Slide Project', in partnership with the Rio Cinema.

Free entry, for up to six people, to Hackney Museum at a specified time. Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the stated time may be asked to wait or return at a later time.

Please note that in order to ensure the safety of our visitors, some interactive and audio-visual elements and family activities have been temporarily removed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Public toilets are currently unavailable.

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Hackney Museum brings the world to your doorstep!

Free exhibitions and events exploring Hackney's past and present for visitors of all ages. 

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