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Our latest exhibitions are below, or you can find out about our past exhibitions.

Our permanent displays are on show all year round. You can discover the stories of some of the amazing people that have made their homes in Hackney over the last 1,000 years.

Letter from Alexander Dyall, in France, to his father in Clapton, September 1917 (©Hackney Archives) and photograph of Joe Hughes with his Hackney sweetheart, Lizzie Shillingford, 1915 (©The Fusilier Museum London). Writing Home - letters to Hackney during the First World War

6 May-30 August 2014

Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition presents some of the letters written to families and sweethearts at home in Hackney by two young soldiers fighting on the Front Line.

Do you have letters or items belonging to your relatives who served during the First World War? Hackney Museum would like to hear from local people about their family stories, whether they were born in Hackney or another part of the world or served for a different country. Contact

Side by Side: Living in Cazenove

Side by Side: Living in Cazenove

21 January-17 May 2014

This exhibition explores Cazenove Road in the north of the borough as an example of how people from all over the world live side by side in diverse Hackney.

The exhibition features a range of creative artworks, films and installation made by local people, community groups and schools working with local artists, filmmakers and photographers. 

They have explored the nature of their communities through different faiths, cultures, histories, fashions, languages and foods and what it means to them to live in Hackney today.

Visit the exhibition and join in the debate about what community means to you.

The Lido Song

Man swimming7 Jan-5 July

Come and put on the headphones and and enjoy this new song and video art installation. Celebrating Hackney's outdoor swimming pool, London Fields Lido, The Lido Song was made by local artists Briony Campbell and Shane Solanki with support from Hackney Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Page updated: 23 Apr 2014 

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