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Museum learning

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:

  1. Key stage 1 and key stage 2 school sessions
  2. Learning resources
  3. Adult learning

Self-led visits for secondary schools

The Museum worked with History PGCE student Chloe Rodgerson to design a series of workshop plans, based around a visit to Hackney Museum and centred on the enquiry question: ‘How can we explain the diversity of Hackney?’.

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

A weekly, creative workshop for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, inspired by the museum and organised in collaboration with Advance UK.

Sometimes, special guest artists help run workshops, sharing their skills and expertise with the group, such as Sunara Begum, who said, “It was such a great experience to share our work as artists with such an active, engaging and creative group of individuals. They were all so highly receptive and open to new ideas and new possibilities. Keep on doing what you do.”

To find out more about joining, as a participant or guest artist, please email


Xenia builds relationships between migrant women and English-speaking women in Hackney to form a more understanding, kind and hospitable community. Xenia women meet every Saturday morning from 10am at Hackney Museum. Follow @xeniawomen for the latest updates and see our events page for forthcoming sessions.

Page updated on: 10 June 2019

Hackney Museum


Ground Floor Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ


Opening times

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am-8pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday and bank holidays: closed