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Our latest exhibitions are below. You can also read about our past exhibitions or see our permanent displays, on show all year round, to discover the stories of some of the amazing people that have made their homes in Hackney over the last 1,000 years.

Hackney@50Hackney@50 - the People's Choice

12 February-29 August

50 objects, 50 stories, 50 years of Hackney.

50 local people, groups and schools have selected an object each from Hackney Museum's collections to share what Hackney means to them.

Each object tells a different story and represents the start of a conversation with people who live, work and learn in the borough.

Visit this exhibition or search Hackney Museum's collections online and join the conversation about what Hackney means to you.

Pop to the ShopsPop to the Shops

From 3 February

Hackney has a thriving shopping culture including outdoor markets, indoor shopping centres and attractive independent shopping streets.

This display shares the experiences of six shopkeepers in Hackney central through a series of short interviews and photographs.

Manillas were copper armlets originally used as money in West Africa. Who Were the Slave-Owners of Hackney?

Until 28 September

Research has revealed the records of Hackney slave-owners who claimed financial compensation for the loss of their 'property' after slavery was abolished.

This display looks at a time when Hackney was a fashionable semi-rural area where both abolitionists and wealthy slave-owners lived side by side.

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Page updated: 22 May 2015 

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