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.
Christmas and New Year opening times
We will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 24 December-4 January and reopen Tuesday 5 January.
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.
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.
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.
Before you visit you can search our catalogue records:Search the catalogue
- Read search tips for the catalogue.
- Ancestry library edition (access available in Archives search room or Hackney libraries only)
- London Screen Archives includes films from Hackney Archives (search Hackney). Some films are available to view.
- The National Archives includes some of our archive catalogues.
- Search our historic images - we have a large collection of photographs available to view in the searchoom; a sample of which are available to view online. If you can't find the image you are looking for, please contact us.
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.
Page updated: 20 Nov 2015