Membership Renewal for 2021 – please note that due to the closure of the Library and Archives building we ask that any Membership Renewals by post should be sent to
Sean Gubbins, (FoHA Treasurer)
162 Richmond Road
A new app, conceived and created in Hackney, lets people trace the footsteps of writer and ‘foremother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft around Newington Green – virtually or physically.
The app also features a ‘Heritage Research’ section, with links to Hackney Archives and a ready-made school assembly for teachers who want to use it when the lockdown ends.
A Glimpse into Hackney Archives’ photos of Stoke Newington
Whether you missed it or would like to watch it again, Amir Dotan’s 45min talk:
‘A Glimpse into Hackney Archives’ photos of Stoke Newington’, is available online here: https://youtu.be/eqVwwqBng4Q
(Nearly 600(!) people registered for the event, which was organised by the Hackney Societyand Hackney History. 315 tuned in on the night).
The talk takes you down Stoke Newington Church Street using archival imagery from the Hackney Archives. The Hackney Archives’ cataloguehas been available online since January and contains, among many others, 2,500 old photos of Stoke Newington.
Also, a talk from two months ago about the campaign to save Clissold Park in the 1880s is available online here: https://youtu.be/DLDpff0fyvc
The Rio Tape/Slide Archive
– Radical Community Photography in Hackney in the 80s.
This substantial new publication came about as the result of the re-discovery of this archive in the Rio Cinema basement. It is subdivided into chapters on: Beginnings; 1983; 1984; 1985; 1986-88; & Endings; interspersed with two accounts, by Andrew Woodyatt on The radical Rio – the people’s cinema of Hackney, and Alan Denney on The Tape/Slide Newsreel Group photos in context.
Co-authored by Alan Denney, Max Leonard, Tamara Stoll, and Andrew Woodyatt, published by Isola Press, Oct. 2020. Available from the Rio Cinema; online from isolapress.com/shop; and will be in local bookshops.
A tie-in exhibition has been mounted by Hackney Museum:
Hackney in the 1980s: Photographs from the Tape/Slide project
From bingo halls to bmx bikes,demos to dole queues…This photography exhibition explores and celebrates the resilience, spirit and solidarity of Hackney’s communities in the 1980s.
Future Hackney – Ridley Road Exhibition
Future Hackney is long-term project dedicated to documenting social change, rendering communities visible and preserving those images and narratives as heritage. Ridley Road Stories is our current accessible archive of Hackney’s African and Caribbean communities on Ridley Road E8. An ongoing photographic story of the Dalston street, now exhibited as a large format exhibition of 10 images and interviews, at The Red Cross Building Dalston Lane E8 1NG from 06.11.20. The project re-interprets marginalised communities and offers an alternative viewpoint of the road through a range of lenses.
LB Hackney: Black History Season
Celebrating culture & history, recognising achievements and enriching young, Black Power in Hackney’s African and Caribbean community
This year’s Black History programme spans a season of activities from October to December, which has derived from recent ambitions to make Hackney even more inclusive, representative and celebratory of its rich migration story of African and Caribbean communities settling in Hackney and beyond.
Events and activities
Throughout the season and available all year, Hackney Archives will delve into its collection to uncover the histories of the borough’s African and Caribbean communities. This year, along with social action project ACCOUNT, they will host ‘Stop & Research’, a workshop exploring the past, present and future of policing in Hackney, plus residents can find out how to ’Archive Your History’.