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.
Oh yes it is! Celebrating 15 Years of Hackney Empire's Pantomime
20 November 2013 to 19 April 2014
The Museum and Hackney Empire have produced an exhibition to celebrate pantomime at Hackney Empire. On display is a Dame costume from last year's Dick Whittington with a swimsuit complete with portholes over an ample bosom; Priscilla herself from Mother Goose and a spectacular feathered headdress of the Empire's building.
Alongside these are original costume drawings by theatre designer Lotte Collett, a host of photographs of past pantos, behind the scenes and exciting tasters of this year's production Puss in Boots and some fascinating insights from Creative Director Susie McKenna and Musical Director Steven Edis on the making of pantomime.
Sankofa - why Britain celebrates Black History Month
24 September 2013 - 4 January 2014
Sankofa is the African Adinkra symbol meaning the wisdom of learning from the past to build the future.
This exhibition looks back over 75 years of the history of African and African Caribbean people in this country and the rise of Black History Month, from its 1926 American origins as Negro History Week to its beginnings and development here 25 years ago.
On display will be rarely seen archival material relating to grassroots, national and global campaigns from groups such as the Black Parents Movement, Teachers against Racism and Hackney Black People's Association.
Find out how people came together and rose up against the injustice of discrimination; how individuals set up organisations to educate, empower and inspire a new generation of British youth, especially those of African heritage.
Alongside this you can see changes in style, fashion, music and technology from Sugar Minott to Ms Dynamite, from Hip Hop to Dubstep, from Afro's to Locs, from Super Nintendo to I-phone.
Come and add to our 'Tweet' wall to tell us your thoughts for the next 25 years for Black History Month and how to build a future without racism or discrimination.
100 Years Apart
September - November 2013
A wedding display of two young Hackney brides with their dresses, shoes, accessories and wedding photographs.
Emmeline married John in Hackney's Round Church in July 1912.
Laura married Matt at Sutton House in July 2012.
Found in the Attic
October - December 2013
A display of 1920s Red Cross posters found in the attics of Hackney's old Red Cross building on the corner of Graham Road and Dalston Lane and donated, with many other items to the Museum.
Do you have anything in your attic that you might like to donate to help enrich our Hackney story?
Page updated: 28 Nov 2013