People Power: Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s

4 October 2016-21 January 2017

This exhibition explores aspects of Black British arts and activism which have developed in Hackney since the 1960s.

Sharing Our Stories: Jewish Stamford Hill 1930s-1950s

13 September 2016-9 January 2017

A display of local people's stories by Teen Action, a Chassidic Orthodox Jewish organisation for young women, and Hackney Museum.

Not in My Name: Hackney's conscientious objectors during the First World War

1 March-1 October, Hackney Archives

Opposing the first world war was a difficult and even dangerous choice for some in Hackney.

Visit this exhibition and discover the stories of local people and who objected to the war and how they faced public anger, harsh prison conditions and even attacks from angry mobs. In partnership with the Peace Pledge Union.

Permanent displays

Discover the stories of some of the amazing people that have made their homes here over the last 1,000 years, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to early Victorian villas and recent refugees. Hackney's tradition of welcoming newcomers means that its history encompasses the world-wide roots of many communities. The displays reveal this diverse and changing history through fascinating interviews, objects and images.

Some of them, like the child's sculpture from Sierra Leone and the propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany, powerfully illustrate the forces that have driven people to leave their homes. Others like the contents of a Yiddish printing business, show the opportunities people have found here to make a living and start new lives. Plus our display of art works from the Chalmers Bequest features historic paintings alongside new commissions from Terence Besmirch, Margarita Gluzberg and Paul Needham. All the family can get stuck in to our hands-on activities - load the Saxon boat, try on a historical costume, bring the spooky ghosts to life or try your hand at making Victorian matchboxes against the clock.

Treasure lost and found: The Hackney Hoard

80 gold American 'Double-Eagle' dollar coins were unearthed in a Hackney garden in 2007, revealing the amazing story of the Sulzbacher family's flight from Nazi Germany. They lost almost everything, and finally had this treasure returned to them more than 70 years later. The hoard represents an extremely rare case of  Treasure Trove law - most hoards are never traced to their original owners.

The Sulzbacher family have kindly donated one of the coins to the Museum where it's now on display. To find out more see the Hackney Hoard in Collections Online


The museum was opened in 2002 with the generous support of the National Lottery.