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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.

African Threads - Hackney Style

400 years of textiles journeys from Africa to Hackney

1 October 2015-23 Jan 2016

This exhibition explores Hackney's historic ties with Africa through fabric and fashion.

Uncover their influence on the local area, from 17th century trade with West Africa by Hackney merchants to the presence of African communities and textiles in Hackney today.

Discover how textiles were produced in different regions of Africa and the meaning behind some of their bold designs. The exhibition features stunning costumes, photographs and local people. Visit the exhibition and share your Hackney style. See our African Threads - Hackney Style events.

Please note the exhibition will be exceptionally busy Tuesday-Fridays 10am-3pm, with school groups visiting

Picture Taking: Exploring Myself Through Photography

18 July-31 December 31

Photography offers a voice to people who find everyday communication a challenge. Features the work of Emma, Qwayne, Mohammed, Jason, Izu and Luke, students at The Garden School in Hackney, which supports children with special educational needs many with an autistic spectrum disorder. 

Cambodian Recollections: an exhibition of oral histories

16 June-7 November

A collection of UK-based Cambodians' memories of the upheaval and purges from 1975 to 1979 along with the challenges of adapting to a new culture.

In partnership with SEA ArtsFest and Khmer Arts and Heritage Limited with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Page updated: 1 Oct 2015 

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Technology And Learning Centre
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