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We are ending the #XeniaTakeoverHackneyMuseum with a very special object. This is Tamador’s mandoula. Check out the vide...
12/04/2021

We are ending the #XeniaTakeoverHackneyMuseum with a very special object. This is Tamador’s mandoula. Check out the video to see what it looks like inside!

From everyone at here Xenia Women we would like to say thank you to Hackney Museum for giving us this space to share objects that mean so much to us! We hope you enjoyed it.

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Image 1: Mandoula pot made from concentric rings of woven fronds. The camera is angled to show more of the lid and some of the pot itself can be seen in the lower half of the photograph. Different rings of the pot are different colours: purple on the outside, red, then red, black natural striped, then natural. There is a beaded design on the centre of the lid, gold, white and red. The same bead design is featured on the body of the pot.

Image 2: A photo taken of a computer screen. Web page image search of “Aseeda”. Black background, one image at the top, three along the bottom. All images show the same food dish. Brown dumpling dish with an orange or yellow sauce in a depression in the centre and around the side.

Image 3: White text on orange background. Text reads: "The object that I would like to share is something very special and touching. Called "Mandoula".

It is a container consisting of two parts, a mug made of wood and covered with a vessel made from fronds. In which a Sudanese traditional dish called "Aseeda'' is placed. It is one of the most delicious foods, especially in Darfur (the region where I came from) and is served on occasions such as weddings and Festivals.

The Sudanese recipe for Aseeda is made with flour and water, sometimes salt and oil is added. It is eaten with a soup made of dried meat, onion, oil and spices. The Mandoula experience takes you to the wide area of Sudanese heritage and the authentic Sudanese culture. My object is the outer part of the Mandoula."]

Today Menal would like to share her gorgeous object - a pearl necklace that is priceless in more ways than one! #XeniaTa...
09/04/2021

Today Menal would like to share her gorgeous object - a pearl necklace that is priceless in more ways than one! #XeniaTakeoverHackneyMuseum

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Image 1: Pearl and gold necklace draped over the open lid of a black jewellery box. The pearls are gathered on four strings, and separated into four sections by four gold pieces, inlaid with tiny diamonds. The neck gathers with a gold and diamond centerpiece, an artistic representation of a flower, with three pearls hanging from the bottom. Black square jewellery box with fabric lining.

Image 2: White text against orange background. Text reads: "This necklace is made of real pearl 22 carat gold with a lot of tiny diamonds. I inherited it from my mum, she had it since 1940, but she gave it to me before she passed away 25 years ago. This necklace is very valuable to me, not only because of what it is made of, but because it is from my dear mum. God bless her soul." Xenia logo.]

The latest in Xenia Women's takeover... This is Nabila’s object - a beautiful, classic trunk that has been with her fami...
08/04/2021

The latest in Xenia Women's takeover... This is Nabila’s object - a beautiful, classic trunk that has been with her family for a very long time.

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Image 1: A dark blue leather trunk with black leather lining the edges. There is brass moulded over the sharp corners and brass locks on the front side. The trunk faces towards the camera.

Image 2: The same trunk but with the right side facing the camera. The right side is narrower than the front side. The trunk has brass handles on the right side pictured.

Image 3: The same trunk facing forward. The trunk is open. The lining is cream patterned paper with some water stains and parts are chipped.

Image 4: White text on an orange background. The text reads: "This suitcase, which is very old - from the 1950s/1960s - my husband had it for 22 years, and before that it was with his friend for 4 years at least."
Xenia logo.]

Vivienne shares a very beautiful coffee jar with a very beautiful story behind it, in today's post for Xenia Women's Tak...
07/04/2021

Vivienne shares a very beautiful coffee jar with a very beautiful story behind it, in today's post for Xenia Women's Takeover of Hackney Museum.

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Image 1: A ceramic jar in the shape of a man sat on a bag of coffee. The jar is all one brown colour and shiny with glaze. The jar sits against a plain white background casting a shadow to the left. Brown digital background frames photograph.

Image 2: White text on orange background. Text reads: “My object is a ceramic coffee jar, most likely made by Sadler’s in Stoke-on-Trent. The jar is in the shape of a South American coffee dealer wearing a sombrero and sitting on a sack of coffee beans. The head and face form the lid of the jar and his body and the coffee sack form the base section of the jar, where the coffee sits. The jar is a dark shade of amber.

I found this item a charity shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme. I bought it for my Italian partner not too long before he passed away. He had always said that going to Mexico was on his bucket list, because of the large Italian diaspora community there. The coffee jar now sits on the windowsill in my living room.”
Xenia logo.]

Next up in the Xenia Takeover of Hackney Museum is Sarah’s KitKat mug! [image descriptions:Image 1: A hand on the left h...
04/04/2021

Next up in the Xenia Takeover of Hackney Museum
is Sarah’s KitKat mug!

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Image 1: A hand on the left holds a red mug centreframe. The mug has the “KitKat” logo in the centre, with the “Nestle” logo to the left and the text, “The Nations Favourite Break” underneath.

Image 2: A closeup of a top corner shelf. Mugs hang from the shelf in the left hand corner. There are cardboard boxes stacked on top of the shelf, one Hello Kitty printed tin, a Bonne Maman jar and a Heinz Ketchup bottle on the far left hand side.

Image 3: White text on an orange background. Text reads: This is my kit kat mug. I use it for my coffee, but I don’t use it every day as I like it to feel a bit special when I do.

It was made in 1980 - when kit kats were 60 years old - and I bought it second hand from Ebay as my first kit kat mug got broken and I'd loved it. I have many mugs with many stories but the kit kat one is my favourite as it's red and reminds me of the excitement of getting a solid finger of chocolate as a child. Another memory is of when I was much older, eating them secretly behind my daughter's pram. I would have to wait until a car drove by to mask the sound of me snapping a finger off as she is very inquisitive and would instantly want to know what the noise was - she would have been very annoyed I wasn't sharing.

No one else is allowed to use my mug in case it gets broken again. If my nephew is staying to look after the cat I hide it at the back of a cupboard. I also have a spare one tucked away behind all the other things on a high shelf. I bought it because this style is quite rare and I don't trust anyone else not to buy me a comedy shaped version if this one has an accident.

It's not a pure pleasure as I have concerns about Nestle as a company so I haven't eaten a kit kat in a long time but I do love my mug.”
Xenia logo]

Today we (@XeniaWomen) would like to share Tanyel’s earring collection as part of our Hackney Museum takeover![Image des...
02/04/2021

Today we (@XeniaWomen) would like to share Tanyel’s earring collection as part of our Hackney Museum takeover!

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Image 1: A collection of earrings on a blue fabric background with a digital maroon border. The earrings are positioned carefully in their pairs of varying shapes, colours and textures.

Image 2: Text reads: “I love my dangle earring collection. I've been wearing earrings since I was a teenager & I currently have earrings of various colours that I use as a fun way of feeling good. Many of them have been gifted to me by people who are dear to me so when I wear a pair I think of them. Others remind me of the places I was at when I acquired them and bring back positive memories & emotions”]

The second object in the Xenia virtual exhibition is Emma’s “Duck”! Read Emma’s lovely description about how much Duck h...
31/03/2021

The second object in the Xenia virtual exhibition is Emma’s “Duck”! Read Emma’s lovely description about how much Duck has meant to Emma ever since she was small.

From today until the 10th April, members of Xenia Women will be taking over our page and sharing objects that a...
31/03/2021

From today until the 10th April, members of Xenia Women will be taking over our page and sharing objects that are important to them, and the stories behind them.

First up is this beautiful object and description from Fatima.

Following the announcement that London is moving into Tier 3, Hackney Museum is now temporarily closed until further not...
14/12/2020

Following the announcement that London is moving into Tier 3, Hackney Museum is now temporarily closed until further notice.

Thank you to everyone who has been able to visit this year. We have loved welcoming you back, and hope to see you again soon.

Until then, stay safe.

- Hackney Museum Team

Wednesday 9 December 6pmJoin this online community forum to help name our spaces after those people from the African & A...
27/11/2020
Representing African & Caribbean communities in our public place names

Wednesday 9 December 6pm

Join this online community forum to help name our spaces after those people from the African & African Caribbean communities meaningful to residents.

Get involved & share your local stories & personalities deserving recognition in Hackney.

ONLINE EVENT. Get involved and help re-name our public spaces in Hackney after those which mean something positive to our communities.

If you were going to name a public space to reflect Hackney's rich and diverse history and communities, which important ...
25/11/2020

If you were going to name a public space to reflect Hackney's rich and diverse history and communities, which important person, place, event or value would you choose?

Hackney Council needs your suggestions! Share your suggestions today at https://bit.ly/3fzVvII

Following Government guidance, Hackney Museum will be temporarily closed from Thurs 5th Nov. Our current exhibition ‘Hac...
05/11/2020

Following Government guidance, Hackney Museum will be temporarily closed from Thurs 5th Nov. Our current exhibition ‘Hackney in the 1980s’ will still be available when we re-open.

We have loved welcoming visitors back, and hope to see you again soon. Until then, stay safe.

Next Thursday from 6pm, join us for the online launch of our new exhibition, 'Hackney in the 1980s', which shares and ce...
22/10/2020
Hackney in the 1980s: Online Exhibition Launch

Next Thursday from 6pm, join us for the online launch of our new exhibition, 'Hackney in the 1980s', which shares and celebrates the ground-breaking photos from Rio Cinema's Tape/Slide Project!

Register via Eventbrite: hackney1980s.eventbrite.co.uk

Online Exhibition Launch of 'Hackney in the the 1980s'

“We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world"Marcus Garvey was a...
16/10/2020

“We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world"

Marcus Garvey was a black nationalist who created a US ‘Back to Africa’ movement. He inspired generations of civil rights activists and was Jamaica’s first national hero.

[image description: Green, yellow and red postcard with a portrait of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Text Reads:

‘Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Africa for the Africans at Home & Abroad.

Be as proud of your race today as your fathers were in their days. We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the World.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey

National Hero
Jamaica

-Blackstarliner-National Hero-
Centennial Year 1887-1987’]

Join us on Wednesday 7th October from 6pm for the virtual launch of a new film about African & Caribbean history in Hack...
01/10/2020

Join us on Wednesday 7th October from 6pm for the virtual launch of a new film about African & Caribbean history in Hackney, written and performed by Bad Lay-Dee and directed, filmed and edited by Winstan Whitter

Find out more & sign up here: http://hackneyfilmscreening.eventbrite.co.uk

Hackney has launched a review on role of statues and the naming of buildings, street names, parks and other public space...
10/06/2020
Review into landmarks and naming of public spaces launched

Hackney has launched a review on role of statues and the naming of buildings, street names, parks and other public spaces.

Details of how residents and organisations can have their say will come over the next weeks. Watch this space. https://news.hackney.gov.uk/review-into-landmarks-and-naming-of-public-spaces-launched/

The role of statues and the naming of buildings, street names, parks and other public spaces will be reviewed to ensure they best reflect Hackney’s diversity and history of fighting racism. The review, led by Hackney Council, will listen to the views of residents, partners and others about how to ...

We are now closed until further notice following Government advice. Although the doors may be closed, we will be sharing...
21/03/2020

We are now closed until further notice following Government advice.

Although the doors may be closed, we will be sharing the rich, diverse and inspiring histories of our amazing Borough online.

We hope to see you soon #HackneySpirit

We're really excited to have this fantastic series of events at the museum exploring the histories of South Asian female...
02/03/2020
A one-way passage from India: Hackney Museum explores fate of colonial ayahs

We're really excited to have this fantastic series of events at the museum exploring the histories of South Asian female migrants in London. Join us this Saturday 7 March & discover the untold stories of Ayahs in Hackney.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/01/one-way-passage-from-india-hackney-museum-colonial-ayahs-london

Indian women were often employed to care for British children, but some were abandoned on reaching London

Have you been affected by the Windrush scandal or want to help someone who has? Hackney Council is hosting a free, indep...
26/02/2020

Have you been affected by the Windrush scandal or want to help someone who has? Hackney Council is hosting a free, independent support session offering advice on how to apply to the Windrush compensation scheme.

Cllr Carole Williams, the Council’s lead on Windrush and independent immigration lawyer Martin Forde will provide up to date information in a relaxed, safe and confidential space at Hackney Museum. Staff from Citizen Advice will also be on hand to help.

2 March, 4:00PM - 7:00PM. All welcome. For more info visit: bit.ly/WRCompensation

Image © Rio Cinema Archive.Do you remember Hackney in the 1980s? Would you like to share your memories with Hackney Muse...
25/02/2020

Image © Rio Cinema Archive.

Do you remember Hackney in the 1980s? Would you like to share your memories with Hackney Museum for a new exhibition?

In May 2020 a new exhibition will open at Hackney Museum, featuring photographs from the Rio Cinema Archive, which will explore the highs and lows of everyday life in Hackney during the 1980s.

See a selection of the photographs and share your memories of 1980s Hackney at one of our two community forum events:

Reminisce at one of our community sharing events:
Friday 13th March, 1-3pm, at Hackney Archives
http://hackneyarchives1980sforum.eventbrite.com

Thursday 19th March, 5-7pm, at Hackney Museum
http://hackneymuseum1980sforum.eventbrite.co

Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please sign up using the Eventbrite links above.

South Asian Sisters Speak
14/02/2020

South Asian Sisters Speak

Towards the end of last year we hosted our first ever 'Lost Histories' event, sharing the stories of South Asian women in history as researched by our amazing academic panel. We firmly believe that there needs to be a bigger spotlight on South Asian women in history, and so we're super excited about the upcoming @ayahshome event in March!

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Ayahs were nannies who served British families as employees and servants of the East India Company. The majority of ayahs were from India and many came over to Britain to work, but when their services were no longer needed they were left out in the street to fend for themselves. A home for ayahs was founded in London in 1897 as shelter for those who had been abandoned. This building is in present-day Hackney and a bid has been made for it to get a blue plaque in memory of its incredible history.

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On Saturday 7th March @hackneymuseum is hosting an event all about the ayahs, where you can hear from the key historians themselves, as well as take part in a poetry and performance workshop with @theyoniversecollective , all about the Hidden Histories of South Asian women. Events are all FREE but you must get a ticket via their Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-ayahs-home-project-29181529753

We're so glad to see more events popping up showcasing South Asian women in history 🙌🏾 make sure you grab your tickets now!!

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Reposted from @ayahshome 🌹 Joshua Reynolds, The Children of Edward Holden Cruttenden, 1759.

This 18th-century painting of the children of Edward Cruttenden depicted with their ayah was painted in Britain by Joshua Reynolds.

Source
"The Children of Edward Holden Cruttenden," in World History Commons, https://worldhistorycommons.org/children-edward-holden-cruttenden [accessed February 9, 2020]. #AyahsHome @ Hackney Museum

At the launch of Hackneys Got Style last week, people who had kindly loaned objects to the exhibition got to see them in...
09/10/2019

At the launch of Hackneys Got Style last week, people who had kindly loaned objects to the exhibition got to see them in their new temporary home!

Thank you to Monero Kids Boutique, Bad Lay-Dee and Yemzii and the many, many others who shared their stories.

Pop in to find out more about African and Caribbean hair and style, through the eyes of Hackney people.

NEW EXHIBITION NOW OPEN!‘Hackney's Got Style: Celebrating the History and Impact of African and Caribbean Style and Hair...
02/10/2019

NEW EXHIBITION NOW OPEN!

‘Hackney's Got Style: Celebrating the History and Impact of African and Caribbean Style and Hair.'

This exhibition shares and celebrates the history and impact of African & Caribbean style and hair through the eyes of Hackney people.

Explore how the clothes we wear and how we style our hair has expressed and impacted identity since the 1950s and what this means for us today.

Discover the local entrepreneurs, designers and fashionistas who have changed British culture, in the borough and beyond.

Until 11 Jan 2020

FINAL CALL! This Thursday from 6pm, join us for the launch of Hackney's Got Style, which will celebrate the history and ...
01/10/2019
Hackney's Got Style: Exhibition Launch

FINAL CALL! This Thursday from 6pm, join us for the launch of Hackney's Got Style, which will celebrate the history and impact of African and Caribbean style and hair in Hackney!
RSVP via Eventbrite: https://hackneysgotstyle.eventbrite.co.uk

Join Hackney Museum for the launch of temporary exhibition ‘Hackney’s Got Style’, created in collaboration with the local community.

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Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? We are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in the sector. Our survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdekeCXoKtluvSF-r1Y_JXOKTMVaTZ36UB8PKlpjhWyGI3QwQ/viewform here (closing date: 18th of June). We would appreciate if you could take the time to complete our survey and circulate it amongst your colleagues. This survey is part of the project Curating Expertise: Towards a Museum Forum @ King’s, with which we aim to build an interdisciplinary Museum Studies teaching and research agenda at King’s College London. We are interested in colleagues’ thoughts about the knowledges, skills and experience that museum studies graduates should possess to be employable in the sector today. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in contributing, in one form or another, to the delivery of a London-based but globally focused new Museum Studies teaching provision. Whilst we are interested in collaborating with London-based institutions / professionals, we would be delighted to also hear from colleagues across the UK and internationally. Whilst we appreciate this is a time of uncertainty for the sector, it seems a critical moment to reflect on how we can train future generations of resilient museum professionals. If you wish to get in touch, you can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected]. Best wishes, Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) and Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI)
VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE ROOTS AND OTHER EXHIBITIONS ON NOW AT THE HACKNEY MUSEUM! Went there this past Saturday and the state of the exhibit was deplorable! In the Roots one, 8(!) separate A/V exhibits with head phone sets where not turned on or not working. WORSE, other exhibit parts featuring interviews of local residents and musicians headphones were missing altogether! TO MAKE MATTERS EVEN WORSE- many of the large videos were not playing either- just blanks screens!!! I went around to check the other exhibitions at the museum and same inexcusable state. I ask 3 different receptionists on duty to see about getting many of A/V exhibits up and running. One went and turned on just one of the headphones and shrugged and said that the others weren't working. I persisted on asking other staff when I found the rest of museum in such a state and they shrugged their shoulders and gave me excuses like - they turn off themselves after a few hours. What? You are paid with tax payers money to sit all day here not bothering to turn on audio or video displays once they need to be turned back on? Another staff member claimed that the screens and headphones were mostly broken and blamed school kids that had visited earlier that week. But it was Saturday and NO ONE had bothered in seeing to the maintenance of the exhibition, ie checking, identifying and reporting broken equipment. But they did bother to come to work that day to get paid! I'm an artist and this IS A HUGE INSULT to the artists who made the exhibition and the artists the exhibition is supposedly honoring who are from Hackney! Shame on you Hackney Museum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The first ten podcasts as part of our project archiving the Hackney Wick area are available on www.mixcloud.com/HWCR. ‘I feel like I've talked myself out of the territory. Fresh voices, like yours, are required.’ Iain Sinclair HWCR podcasts form an archive of an interesting, mostly accidental, experiment in multi-culture and community living, that has arisen in a former industrial estate in the east end of London, and serve as a reference point for future communities on how to protect themselves from appropriation of their ideas by developers, big finance and property investors. HWCR is an ongoing project started by local artists and musicians Pete Bennett & Joel Smith. Shows focus on the area, its people, and the history and changes in the east end; often referring to the area's position at the sharp end of citywide gentrification. Featuring in depth and Vox Pop interviews, musical selections, soundscapes, contemporary and historical narratives. #interview #community #archive #music #playlist #hackney #hackneywick #riverlea #leavalley #communityradio #hwcr #hackneywickcommunityarchive
For anyone interested in the history of Fish Island or interested in seeing some unseen archive pics -
Peaceful Day-Retreat in a Boat along River Lea in Clapton being launched on Saturday!!! Worth checking out for YOGA Lovers MUSIC Lovers & SELF-DEVELOPERS! Here’s this new projects PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/FAYRE-the-Retreat-1940193752958831/
Pop-Up Film & Food Night on the 333 Mother Basement Tuesday movie night taking place at 333 Mother Basement in Shoreditch WHIPLASH 1st May 20:00pm
Pop-Up Film & Food Night on the 333 Mother Basement Tuesday movie night taking place at 333 Mother Basement in Shoreditch WHIPLASH 1st May 20:00pm
really interesting talking with someone in the Museum on Saturday.