Local history comes to life at Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives. We offer learning sessions on a variety of subjects for all ages and abilities. Our sessions use maps, objects, stories and migration suitcases to unlock the rich history of our local area and the experiences of people who have settled in Hackney over time.

We offer:

Adult learning

Hackney Museum works in partnership with Hackney Learning Trust, community organisations and individuals to create exciting opportunities for adults to learn from our rich collections and displays about migration to Hackney. 

Adult literacy and ESOL

We work in partnership with curriculum managers in Hackney Learning Trust to develop courses where ESOL learners use Hackney Museum to enrich their learning of the English language. For tutors wishing to make an informal visit to the museum we provide resources for ESOL. For Hackney residents looking to learn English visit the  ESOL Advice Service where you will find help and support.

Advance UK

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly art class for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and their carers run by the artists and organisers at Advance UK. Drop in sessions take place on Wednesdays 1pm-2.30pm from 1 February 2017.


Xenia builds relationships between migrant women and English-speaking women in Hackney to form a more understanding, kind and hospitable community. Xenia women meet once a month at Hackney Museum. Follow  @xeniawomen for the latest updates and see our events page for forthcoming sessions.

Teacher training insets and CPD

"The museum tour was particularly moving, what you do here is amazing and has definitely increased my confidence for teaching about Hackney," - year 6 teacher.

Hackney: The Place and the People

Continuing professional development sessions at Hackney Museum

New to Hackney? Know little or nothing about Hackney's history, but would like to know more? Want to understand more about the family backgrounds of the children in your classrooms?

Explore the history of the borough through the experiences of people from all over the world who have made Hackney their home, from the first settlers 1,500 years ago to the pioneering migrants and people seeking refuge in Hackney in the 20th and 21st centuries. Discover how migration history is interwoven with local history to better understand diversity in Hackney today.

This termly twilight CPD session is a great introduction to Hackney for KS1-KS3 teachers working with diverse classes of children to explore the rich and multicultural history of the local area. Book your free place now. 


  • 9 February
  • 17 May

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