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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.

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.

Oh Yes It Is! Celebrating 15 years of Hackney Empire's pantomime

Clive Rowe as Sarah the Cook20 November 2013-19 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.

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: 31 Jan 2014 

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