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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.

'Carbreakers' by Colin O'Brien

London Life - photographs by Colin O'Brien

24 June-6 September

Spanning over 60 years, this exhibition showcases a stunning social documentary of London and Hackney captured by local photographer Colin O'Brien. 


Zed Nelson - A Tale of Two Cities

Hackney - A Tale of Two Cities

3 June-13 September

A journey through the social landscape of Hackney today is captured by photographer Zed Nelson.


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

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

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Page updated: 29 Jul 2014 

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Hackney Museum
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Technology And Learning Centre
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