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.
Strike a Pose - portraits from a Hackney photo studio
1 October 2014-17 January 2015
Gibson's photography studio in Clapton captured the changing faces of Hackney since the 1950s until it recently closed. This amazing collection of negatives has many untold stories that Hackney Museum is keen to discover. It includes weddings outside Hackney Town Hall from Asian, African and Caribbean families, portraits at home, graduations and all the styles and fashions of the 1970s.
What a Journey! Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS
10 September 2014-31 January 2015
An exhibition of stories and memories of the young women who left the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s to come and train and work as nurses in hospitals in Hackney, Newham and East London. Come and hear the stories of dedication and camaraderie and see some of the possessions they brought with them and some of the medical equipment they used.
Photo: BWA/RCN Collections
Who were the Slave-owners of Hackney?
29 September 2014-January 24 2015
Research has revealed the records of Hackney slave-owners who claimed financial compensation for their loss of their 'property' after slavery was abolished. This exhibition looks at a time when Hackney was a fashionable semi-rural area where both abolitionists and wealthy slave-owners lived side by side.
Can you help Hackney Museum?
We are researching a new exhibition to open in Sept 2014. It's based on photographs taken at Gibson's photo studio on Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, during the 1950s-1970s.
Did you have photographs taken at Gibson's photo studio during this period you would like to share with us? Were you living in Hackney at the time? Can you help us identify people in the photos?
If you'd like to help, please contact Hackney Museum on 020 8356 7302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page updated: 15 Sep 2014