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Hackney Museum

Discover the world on your doorstep

Discover the stories of some of the amazing people that have made their homes here over the last 1,000 years, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to early Victorian villas and recent refugees. Hackney's tradition of welcoming newcomers means that its history encompasses the world-wide roots of many communities. 

African Threads - Hackney StyleAfrican Threads - Hackney Style

1 October-23 January 2016: 400 years of textiles journeys from Africa to Hackney.

Kids looking at exhibits, links to learning pagesLearning sessions and teachers packs

We offer an extensive learning programme of taught sessions for KS1, KS2 and SEN groups and online resources covering a range of curriculum-linked topics for KS1-KS4 learners.

Lots to see

Visit the museum and find out about Hackney past and present in our special exhibitionspermanent displays and special community exhibitions produced with local partners.

Get involved

We rely on the involvement of local people. You can donate objects or memories, participate in events and activities, develop your own exhibitions or partner with us on a project. Let us know if you have an idea.

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Page updated: 22 Jan 2016 

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Contact details

Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology And Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ
Opening Times
Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Thur: 9.30am - 8pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm. Closed: Sun, Mon and Bank Holidays.
(For press enquiries email
Tel:020 8356 3500
020 8356 3736 (press enquiries)
Fax:020 8356 2563