Hackney's Black African and Caribbean history

Black History Month is a UK-wide annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world.

This year we'll be celebrating the borough's internationally renowned music scene, with Roots, Rhythms & Records: The sounds and stories of African and Caribbean music in Hackney' at Hackney Museum. There'll also be film screenings, art workshops, discussions, live music and more.


Roots, Rhythms & Records: The sounds and stories of African and Caribbean music in Hackney

Hackney Museum, until 16 March 2019

From making beats in bedrooms, to performing on stage; enjoying sounds in shebeens, to looking sharp for the club, this exhibition explores the history of African and Caribbean music in Hackney.

Events at Hackney's Youth Hubs

Young Hackney marked Black History Season across the borough's youth hubs with a broad range of fun and informative activities, workshops, events and visits for people under 19, or under 25 with additional needs.

Suggested listening

To coincide with Hackney Museum's Roots, Rhythms & Records exhibition, resident archivist, Etienne Joseph and head of Hackney Music Service, James Thomas, pulled together some recommended listening from some of the borough's most inspirational musicians. Listen using the Spotify app or visit Hackney Museum to find out more about the history of Hackney's music scene.

Suggested reading

Throughout October each of Hackney's libraries displayed books by Black African and Caribbean writers as well as non fiction on Black British history and influential figures from across the globe.


If you're a Hackney resident, you can now download thousands of audio and e-books for free, directly to your home devices. Why not read BBC TV historian David Olusoga's book Black and British, a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa?

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Hackney Museum

Hackney Museum creates a Black History exhibition every October, but works with schools and residents throughout the year to explore the borough's Black African and Caribbean History. 

Explore our Black British history timeline which focuses on people and events specifically linked to Hackney.

Hackney Libraries

Throughout October all 8 of Hackney's libraries hosted Black History book stalls, highlighting local Black authors and stories. More information about what's on at Hackney libraries.

Hackney Archives

Throughout the year Hackney Archives will delve into its collection to uncover the histories of the borough's African and Caribbean communities. Residents can also visit the Archives to find out about their own family history. 

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