Family activities, permanent displays and temporary exhibitions all reveal the stories of Hackney’s inhabitants at this local museum.

Hackney Museum uncovers the changing history of the borough, from Anglo-Saxon settlers through to early Victorian houses and recent refugees. The interviews, artefacts and images on display showcase the world-wide roots of the diverse communities locally.

Objects including a child’s sculpture from Sierra Leone and a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany powerfully illustrate the reasons people flee their homes, while displays such as the contents of a Yiddish print business are testimony to the new lives begun nearby.

Also here are historic paintings from the Chalmers Bequest, left by Alexander Henry Chalmers to Stoke Newington Borough Council, and a raft of family activities including loading a saxon boat, wearing historical costume and making Victorian matchboxes.


Hackney Museum

Free to all

Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, LONDON, E8 1GQ

020 8356 2509


Opening times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Wednesday: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Thursday: 9.30am - 8pm

Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Free entry 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.

No one should visit the museum with any of the following symptoms: high temperature, loss of taste or smell, a new and continuous cough.

Visitors are required to wear a face covering during their visit, unless otherwise exempt.

Visitors must stay more than 2 metres away from staff and any visitors not in their group at all times.

All visitors over 16 must scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details.

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