Hackney Archives cares for the archives and local studies collections of the London Borough of Hackney and makes them available to the public for research.
Our collections include:
- official administrative records of the borough council and its predecessors back to 1700
- original records of local organisations and individuals
- a local studies library
If you are researching the history of your house or street, ancestors who lived here, or are doing a local studies project at school, Hackney Archives is the place to start. Anyone can visit Hackney Archives.
Christmas and New Year opening times
We're open as normal up to and including Saturday 21 December, then revised opening times operate as follows:
Tuesday 24 December: 9.30am-5pm
Wednesday 25-Friday 27 December: closed
Saturday 28 December - 10am - 5pm
Sunday 29-Tuesday 31 December: closed
Wednesday 1 January 2014: closed
Thursday 2 January 2014: open as normal
Behind the Scenes at Hackney Archives - Black History Month event
Saturday 12 October, Thursday 17 October, Saturday 16 November, 2.45-5pm
Join us for a special behind the scenes tour of our brand new storage facilities for Hackney's historical archives. Come along to Hackney Archives to explore some key historical documents relating to Hackney's past.
One of our specialist staff will give a short talk and lead a discussion about what you can learn from your local archives service, covering how you can research the history of Hackney's diverse communities, and help contribute to the collections. The session will include a display of original documents from the archives and be followed by a special tour of our archive storage rooms, which are usually closed to the public. These events are free to attend and you do not need to book in advance. Numbers are limited so please do arrive on time to guarantee your place. Please contact Hackney Archives for more information.
Archives online catalogue - search the catalogue records for the Archive and Local Studies Library collections
Access to Archives (external site) - includes some of our archive catalogues
Historic images - our photograph collection
London Screen Archives calendar
Page updated: 29 Nov 2013