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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.

COMING SOON!New exhibition - ‘Hackney's Got Style: Celebrating the History and Impact of African and Caribbean Style and...
06/09/2019

COMING SOON!

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

1 Oct 2019 - 11 Jan 2020

Are you excited? We are!

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06/09/2019

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14/05/2019

Hackney Museum's cover photo

Next week, we're holding a community forum to shape a new exhibition exploring the power and politics of African and Car...
25/04/2019

Next week, we're holding a community forum to shape a new exhibition exploring the power and politics of African and Caribbean style and hair. See you there?

More details in pic; RSVP via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2GpvI66.

*** NEW EXHIBITION COMING SOON ***'Women on Screens: Printmaking, photography and community activism at Lenthall Road Wo...
16/04/2019

*** NEW EXHIBITION COMING SOON ***

'Women on Screens: Printmaking, photography and community activism at Lenthall Road Workshop, 1970s-1990s'

Opens 14 May

OK Hackney, we need you! Yes *YOU*Help us be the museum you want to see in the borough by taking a couple of moments to ...
04/03/2019
Hackney Museum Survey

OK Hackney, we need you! Yes *YOU*

Help us be the museum you want to see in the borough by taking a couple of moments to complete our very brief survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HMSMed/

Don't forget to spread the word and share.

Thank you so much!

From everyone at Hackney Museum

Resilient and Resisting: Fighting for LGBT + space
22/02/2019
Resilient and Resisting: Fighting for LGBT + space

Resilient and Resisting: Fighting for LGBT + space

Stories of resilience and marginalised voices fighting for space will come to life this LGBT History Month at Hackney Museum on 28 February, with spoken word and live performance. The event is part of ‘Resilient and Resisting’ an artist-led project, where LGBTQI+ sex workers, squatters and activ...

21/02/2019

Vox Holloway & Hackney Empire Community choir perform a from the upcoming production of 'Freedom Song', telling the story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who performed in Hackney in 1873.

📣Final call 📣Want to help history detectives from primary schools uncover the migration stories of real Hackney people? ...
20/02/2019

📣Final call 📣
Want to help history detectives from primary schools uncover the migration stories of real Hackney people?
We're looking for volunteers to support our learning programme!
More info here: http://www.hackney.gov.uk/museum-volunteers
Deadline for applications = this Friday!

Have you got some free time during school hours? Want to find out more about Hackney's diverse histories and work with l...
13/02/2019

Have you got some free time during school hours? Want to find out more about Hackney's diverse histories and work with local schoolchildren?

We're looking for volunteers to support our learning programme. More info here: https://www.hackney.gov.uk/museum-volunteers

Since 2007, we've been the proud hosts of Hackney's Junior Citizenship Scheme co-ordinated by Transport For London's Saf...
23/01/2019

Since 2007, we've been the proud hosts of Hackney's Junior Citizenship Scheme co-ordinated by Transport For London's Safety & Citizenship Team. 2000+ Year 6s hear from agencies like London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police Service & Young Hackney, helping them to make better choices as they become more independent!

Hackney Council
21/01/2019

Hackney Council

Hackney Museum is looking to speak to any residents who remember, or were in involved with, the Lenthall Road Workshop women’s print shop based in Haggerston between the 1970s and 90s.

Former workers from the print shop are working with the museum to co-curate an exciting exhibition. As well as stories and oral histories the museum is looking for artifacts from the print shop such as posters, postcards or t-shirts to appear in the exhibit. Contact the group directly by emailing [email protected] or get in touch with Hackney Museum by emailing [email protected] or by calling 020 8356 8676.

Transatlantic slavery remains one of the most widely taught topics in secondary schools' history curricula and poses cha...
20/01/2019
Teacher Fellowship Programme 2019: Britain and transatlantic slavery

Transatlantic slavery remains one of the most widely taught topics in secondary schools' history curricula and poses challenges of principle and practice that require considerable reflection and critical rigour. This year’s second Teacher Fellowship Programme will explore the teaching of Britain's complex entanglement in transatlantic slavery and abolition, and of the legacies of that entanglement.

Teacher Fellowship Programme 2019: Britain and transatlantic slavery Teacher Fellowship Programme Transatlantic slavery remains one of the most widely taught topics in secondary schools' history curricula and poses challenges of principle and practice that require considerable reflection and critica...

"Black women have always been a voice of quietened, but strong resistance, but far too often the voices and stories of A...
18/01/2019
The Black feminist bookshop (part one: the pop-up)

"Black women have always been a voice of quietened, but strong resistance, but far too often the voices and stories of African Caribbean women have been excluded from history or often marginalised into silence". (Dee Creative speaking on behalf of Hackney Museum's Black Women Writers Group in 2018)

In an attempt to take action to resolve this, Dee, a founder member of our writing group, is looking to create a Black feminist pop-up bookshop. Please share her crowdfunder with your networks and lets see if we can help to raise the funds and to collect together the books that are needed to get this fantastic and important venture started...

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-black-feminist-bookshop-popup?fbclid=IwAR0bpvmzVQtNhrU9m9ZDNpJTurSDckk6TQI2RwCFKhKsZCgAjq9BeGkuMqw

The Black feminist bookshop: a radical space of resistance, sisterhood and community.

10/01/2019
Celebrating 100 Hackney women

Our learning manager Emma Winch and Kirsty Elizabeth Suttling, one of the amazing women we worked with on our Mothers of Hackney exhibition, have both been recognised as one of 100 Inspirational Hackney Women for the work they do to change the lives of communities in the borough! Here’s a video of them and some of the other inspirational nominees:

https://youtu.be/2TQ4uF59s_o

Congratulations to all 100 of our wonderful Hackney Women! Thank you to all those who voted for their inspirational Hackney Women, to celebrate we've put tog...

Today we ran the last of our workshops for Black History Season 2018. Big thanks to the 2,500+ children who've taken par...
14/12/2018

Today we ran the last of our workshops for Black History Season 2018. Big thanks to the 2,500+ children who've taken part, their teachers & the amazing Bad Lay-Dee whose session, filled with fun, creativity & encouragement, has inspired the next generation of Hackney music makers!

Hackney Council
10/12/2018

Hackney Council

Applications close midnight tonight for the Hackney Young Futures Commission, which is looking to recruit chairs and commission members.

The Council is looking to appoint two Hackney young people (under 25) to Chair the Commission.

For Commission members, there are nine positions open to people who live, work or study in Hackney. We are looking in particular for individuals with expertise in youth, education, employment or the voluntary and community sector, with a number of the positions being open to young people aged under 25.

It's quick and easy to apply - all that those interested need to do is send a CV and a one page cover letter detailing why they are interested in being a chair or a commission member to [email protected]. Applications are open until midnight tonight.

Words of Colour was established as part of a creative collaboration at Hackney Museum in 2012. Fifteen years on and we a...
06/12/2018

Words of Colour was established as part of a creative collaboration at Hackney Museum in 2012. Fifteen years on and we are delighted to have the founder, and our good friend, Joy Francis, back in the museum, to share with our Black Women Writers Group her life in journalism and publishing, and the importance of positioning, self care and sustainability as a writer.

https://wordsofcolour.co.uk/

Do you remember Lenthal Road Workshop women’s print shop in the 1970s, 80s and 90s? Former workers are co-curating an ex...
03/12/2018

Do you remember Lenthal Road Workshop women’s print shop in the 1970s, 80s and 90s?

Former workers are co-curating an exciting exhibition!

If you have any posters, postcards, T-shirts or memories related to LRW please email: [email protected]

We love it when collaborators from the past come into the museum and tell us how amazingly they are doing!!!!! Augustine...
29/11/2018

We love it when collaborators from the past come into the museum and tell us how amazingly they are doing!!!!! Augustine was one of the boys from our Home project in 2016 with Rising Tide and Urswick School. The boys used the museum’s activism and campaign collections to inspire original raps about the challenges of growing up in Hackney today. Three years on he’s still making music and had just come from a meeting with Sony! Super proud 🙂

During Black History Season Grand Union Orchestra have been running workshops and performances to compliment the Roots, ...
29/11/2018
Uncharted Crossings - Grand Union Orchestra

During Black History Season Grand Union Orchestra have been running workshops and performances to compliment the Roots, Rhythms and Records exhibition about the history African and Caribbean music in Hackney at Hackney Museum.

Uncharted Crossings brings together different generations of Hackney musicians to explore 500 years of African and Caribbean music more generally, from its origins in Africa, its transportation to Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and the southern USA through the slave trade, and its influence on British culture today.... Read more about the event and book your tickets here:

http://grandunion.org.uk/uncharted-crossings.php

Throughout the autumn, is running an exhibition Black British Music in Hackney, and Grand has arranged a programme of workshops and performances to complement this. Not only bringing together different generations of Hackney musicians, it will also explore more generally 500 years of black music, fr...

We've been taken over by Cardinal Pole Catholic School!Pop into the museum this week or next to see the captions written...
21/11/2018

We've been taken over by Cardinal Pole Catholic School!

Pop into the museum this week or next to see the captions written by Year 7 pupils.

In the words of one pupil, "Our opinions matter because not many adults realise, but some children actually know more than adults... We are the future!"

TODAY ONLY - Meet Hackney's Neanderthal Neighbours!Free family friendly activities and workshops exploring Ice Age Hackn...
17/11/2018

TODAY ONLY - Meet Hackney's Neanderthal Neighbours!

Free family friendly activities and workshops exploring Ice Age Hackney 10am-4pm at Hackney Museum.

Young Hackney
17/11/2018
Young Hackney

Young Hackney

Come to Hackney Museum tomorrow from 10am and learn from archaeologists about what life was like in Hackney 300-400,000 years ago

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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.