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 Hackney Archives - Mare Street

Hackney Archives

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. 

Black History Month events

Hackney's hidden enslavement stories

Tuesday 21 October 2014, Hackney Archives

Researchers Kate Donington and Kristy Warren introduce the legacies of British slave-ownership project University College London and offer an interactive demonstration of how to use the Encyclopaedia of British slave ownership for local and family history research. You will find out more about the local roots/global routes project as an example of what can be done using the online database.

A Tree Without Roots: Talk and workshop by Paul Crooks

Thursday 30 October 2014, 6pm-7.30pm, Hackney Archives

Paul Crooks tells us about his book A Tree Without Roots, a guide detailing how he discovered that John Alexander Crooks was captured and put aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica and his great-great-great-grandmother Ami Djaba who lived at Ghana's Krobo Mountain in 1777. Paul's family friendly-talk is aimed at people who are starting their family trees. Paul will be signing copies of his books.


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
  • photographs
  • maps
  • newspapers.

Visiting the Archives

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.

Searching online

Search the catalogue records for the Archive and Local Studies Library collections:

Search the catalogue


Read search tips for the catalogue.   

The National Archives includes some of our archive catalogues.

Historic images

View a sample of the thousands of images available at Hackney Archives.

Search our historic images


Research service

We offer a comprehensive research service for records and other information sources held in our collections. Our staff can advise about the records we hold and, for a fee, a researcher can do research on your behalf.

Learning resources for teachers

Teachers are welcome to visit the Archives during our regular opening hours. In addition to the main search room, we have a separate room which can accommodate class visits to the Archives of up to 30 pupils, to allow them to look at original records. Find out more about learning resources for teachers.

Loans, donations and bequests

Our aim at is to develop and preserve a collection which reflects all aspects of life in Hackney. As well as collecting and preserving the formal records of the Council, we also actively seek to collect records from individuals and organisations in the community. Find out more about loans, donations and bequests

Friends of Hackney Archives

The Friends of Hackney Archives offer a means for all who are interested in Hackney history to keep in touch with the growth of the collection. They give practical support when needed, in expressing the views of users to the Council, and administering a donations fund. 

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Page updated: 11 Sep 2014 

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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-Thurs 9.30am - 5.30pm;
Fri 9.30am - 1pm;
Sat 10am - 5pm.
Closed Mon and Sun
Tel:020 8356 8925