Hackney Museum

Learn about the fascinating stories of people who have moved to Hackney and made it their home, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to early Victorian villas and recent refugees.

Discover this diverse and changing history through fascinating interviews, objects and images, listen to personal stories of living, working and moving to Hackney or join in with events and activities and share what Hackney means to you.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates on exhibitions and events.

Learning sessions and teachers’ packs

We offer an extensive learning programme of taught sessions for KS1, KS2 and SEN groups and online resources covering a range of curriculum-linked topics for KS1-KS4 learners.

Lots to see

Visit the museum and find out about Hackney past and present in our special exhibitions, permanent displays and special community exhibitions produced with local partners.

Visiting as part of an organised group? Please call 020 8356 2509 to check availability and let us know you are coming.

Get involved

We rely on the involvement of local people. You can donate objects or memories, participate in events and activities, develop your own exhibitions or partner with us on a project. Let us know if you have an idea.

Are you looking for volunteering experience in a museum? Do you have a passion for helping people learn about local history, community and diversity? Then Hackney Museum could be the place for you.

Projects and community partnerships

We run our own projects, working in partnership with local groups and individuals, but also contribute to the project work of other local organisations, museums and heritage organisations across London. Projects and community partnerships.


We hold over 8,000 objects and interviews about Hackney’s history and people. Most of these have been generously donated to the museum by members of the public.

Do you have an item to donate or a story to tell? Please use the form below or email us at hmuseum@hackney.gov.uk with the following information:

  • description of the item, including size
  • a photograph
  • any information you have about the item or its owners

Donate items

We are particularly interested in collecting items relating to the diverse communities of the borough. We reserve the right to refuse a donation if it is not appropriate, and suggest alternative museum or organisation where possible, in line with our collecting policy.

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Page updated on: 6 January 2020

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