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 Hackney Archives - Mare Street

Hackney Archives

Hackney Archives collects, preserves and provides access to records that contribute to Hackney's socio-economic and cultural identity. We do this to help people and future generations understand Hackney's past and present.

We are the official repository for the historic records of the London Borough of Hackney and its predecessors, including minutes and reports. Our reference collections support the research of Hackney, Stoke Newington and Shoreditch, providing contextual information about the local area its residents.

Hackney Archives stocktaking closure

We will be closed for our annual stock-take for two weeks from Tuesday 16 February. We will resume our usual opening times on Tuesday 1 March.

Our collections - 600 years of history

We are always adding to our collections. The oldest record dates from 1356, whilst our youngest records are from 2014. All records are connected to the areas of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington.           

Before you visit

Make sure you get the most from your visit by reading our tips to help plan your day. You will need to order unique records in advance of your visit.  

User support and enquiries

We offer advice on how best to access the vast and complex collections at Hackney Archives. Please contact the team with your question including as much information as possible. This enquiry service is free of charge, but does not include extensive research. 

Searching online

Before you visit you can search our catalogue records:

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Friends of Hackney Archives

The Friends of Hackney Archives is a membership charity that supports the work of Hackney Archives. They provide practical support when needed, express the views of users to the Council and administer a donations fund to purchase and conserve collections.

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Page updated: 10 Feb 2016 

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Contact details

Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Opening Times
Tues-Wednesday 10am - 6pm;
Thursday 10am - 7.30pm;
Sat 12:30pm - 5pm.
Closed Mon, Fri and Sun
Tel:020 8356 8925