Family activities, permanent displays and temporary exhibitions all reveal the stories of Hackney’s inhabitants at this local museum.
Hackney Museum uncovers the changing history of the borough, from Anglo-Saxon settlers through to early Victorian houses and recent refugees. The interviews, artefacts and images on display showcase the world-wide roots of the diverse communities locally.
Objects including a child’s sculpture from Sierra Leone and a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany powerfully illustrate the reasons people flee their homes, while displays such as the contents of a Yiddish print business are testimony to the new lives begun nearby.
Also here are historic paintings from the Chalmers Bequest, left by Alexander Henry Chalmers to Stoke Newington Borough Council, and a raft of family activities including loading a saxon boat, wearing historical costume and making Victorian matchboxes.