From census data in 2011, 25% of Hackney's population has African or Caribbean heritage (this includes people who listed their ethnic group as 'African', 'Caribbean', 'Other Black', 'Mixed: White and Black Caribbean' and 'Mixed: White and Black African). In comparison, just over 3% of Britain's total population put themselves in these categories.
Through the Museum, Archives, Libraries and by working with local cultural institutions, throughout the year, Hackney celebrates and uncovers the borough's unique, diverse and boundary breaking African or Caribbean heritage.
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.
- an overview of Black British history in Hackney [pdf, 808.49Kb]
- teaching resources exploring local history, migration, identity and belonging
Throughout October all 8 of Hackney's libraries host Black History focused book stalls, highlighting local Black authors and stories. More information about what's on at Hackney libraries.
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.
Hackney's Black History Season 2018
Sounds like Hackney: African and Caribbean rhythm and records
Opening 2 October 2018 at Hackney Museum
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.
Through objects, images and peoples' own words, this exhibition brings together stories of musical innovation, distribution and enjoyment to celebrate the legacy of African and Caribbean music in Hackney and beyond.
Visit the exhibition to learn more about Hackney's musical journey and share your own stories.
Hackney Black history flag raising
Monday 1 October, Hackney Town Hall
Malaika Parillon Langlais Baron, a pupil from The Urswick School, won a competition to produce a Black history flag for Hackney, this will be raised above the town hall by Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble.
Big Caribbean tea party
Wednesday 3 October, Hackney Town Hall
To celebrate Windrush at 70, Hackney is inviting Caribbean Elders to a tea party complete with a Caribbean take on afternoon tea alongside performances and workshops.
Hackney Black History Season exhibition launch
Thursday 4 October, Hackney Museum and The Empire Bar