Black History Month

Black History Month is an UK wide annual celebration of the contribution that Black, African and Caribbean communities have made both on a local level and across the globe. This year, we'll be celebrating the Caribbean and its connections with Hackney through the Island to Island: Journeys though the Caribbean exhibition as well as The Life and Works of Maya Angelou. There will also be historical walks covering the theme of My Hackney - Black History.

Hackney Black History flag competition

If you go to school in Hackney, why not send in your design for a Hackney Black history flag? The winning design will be picked by a panel of judges and made into a real flag with the help of a local artist. We'll fly the wining flag from the top of Hackney Town Hall in time for next year's Black History Month, October 2018.

Closing date: Thursday 21 December.


Events will be taking place in Hackney Museum, Hackney Archives and libraries across the borough as well as guided history walks exploring some of the events which influenced African-Caribbean life in Hackney. Most events are free but sometimes you may need to book in advance. Please note all events are subject to change.

Workshops for Hackney Schools: Island to Island: Journeys Through the Caribbean

Throughout October and November, Hackney Museum

Over 2,000 local primary schools will visit Island to Island: A Journey through the Caribbean at Hackney Museum to explore Hackney's connections with the Caribbean inspired by the photographs and personal stories on display.

Has your class missed out this year? Join our mailing list to be the first to find out about 2018's programme for schools. To join the mailing list or for more information email:

Soca aerobics

Wednesdays, 10.45-11.45am, Kings Hall Leisure Centre

Soca aerobics is a great fitness workout, moving your body to the sound of slow and fast rhythms, as well as the inclusion of resistance training.

Free sessions are being held as part of the New Age Games Programme for Hackney residents aged 50+ at Kings Hall Leisure Centre, 39 Lower Clapton Road, E5 ONU. For more information: call us on 020 8356 4897 or email

Island to Island: Journeys Through the Caribbean

Tuesday 3 October - Saturday 13 January, Hackney Museum

This special exhibition celebrates the light, life and landscapes of the English-speaking Caribbean through stunning photographs taken over the past sixty years. Displayed alongside local people's personal memories from Hackney Museum's rich collections, this exhibition provides a snapshot of the Caribbean and its connections with Hackney.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Sport Through a Black Lens

Friday 3 November - 30 November, Hackney Central Library

A photography exhibition featuring works from iconic sport and portrait photographer Ernest Simons alongside sports photography produced by local young people.

No booking required.

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