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Hackney Black History In The Making – Making Black History visible in Hackney and the UK – September 30 – December 2021

Hackney Council have launched this year’s Black History Season:

Hackney’s many Black communities and heroes will be celebrated from September to December with this year’s Black History Season programme.

The season, which highlights the contribution and legacy of Hackney’s Black community, will see history being made, for both Hackney and the UK, with the unveiling of the UK’s first permanent public artwork honouring the Windrush generation, and the first renaming of a public space in the borough to reflect Hackney’s inclusive, anti-racist values.

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Hackney Archives is open on an appointment only basis from 11am – 6pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They’d love to see you, so do send them an email or register as a user on the catalogue and request what you’d like to see to get the ball rolling.

Hackney Archives is opening up the vaults! Join Elizabeth and Lydia for a relaxed and friendly online introduction to the collections and the kinds of things you can do at the archives on Saturday 10 July 11:00 – 12:00pm.

This is the first session in a planned programme of free digital events showcasing the wide range of material and possibilities at Hackney Archives. Look out for more Archives Live! events.

Hackney Museum News

Book your free visit to Hackney Museum and enjoy the excellent Being African in Hackney in the 1960s – 2020s and Out of the Man Cave exhibitions (see below for detailsas well as permanent displays exploring the different reasons that people have moved to Hackney from the Anglo Saxons to the present day.

Take a sneak peak at Hackney in the 1980s!

To whet your appetite, they have created a virtual tour so that visitors can preview the temporary exhibition Hackney in the 1980s from home! Take the tour and journey back in time from the comfort of wherever you choose to click the link.

Being African in Hackney: 1960s-2020s

This exhibition is the first in a series to explore, understand and share the experiences of Hackney’s diverse African heritage communities. African heritage communities in the borough have grown over the last 60 years.

The objects, photographs and oral histories on display tell stories of people moving to and living, working, studying and growing up in Hackney, from the 1960s to today:

Please note on Wednesdays and Thursdays during October and November the Museum and exhibition will open at 3pm.

Out of the Man Cave

This display at Hackney Museum shares the experiences of the Hackney Brocals, members of a social club for men aged 50+. Created by Angela Groundwater, an artist and wallpaper designer, it uses intricate patterns and personal artefacts to share stories from the participants’ lives before and during lockdown to combat isolation.

Share your experiences of the pandemic

Hackney Museum is seeking personal objects and first-hand experiences from local people which reflect their lives during the pandemic as part of a new project, called ‘Collecting Covid’. If you live, work or study in Hackney you can help them reflect the borough’s diverse communities. The objects and experiences will allow them to tell future generations what it was like to live in Hackney during this unprecedented period in our history.

For more information see this news story