Donating to our collections

We want to develop a collection which reflects all aspects of life in Hackney. We are always happy to discuss donations that you think should have a home in Hackney Archives. This could include:

  • family papers
  • photographs
  • local business records
  • project outputs
  • community records

If you would like to discuss a donation, please contact us on or write to us at: Hackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London E8 3BQ.

What happens to records donated to Hackney Archives?

When we receive records, we undertake to preserve them in suitable and secure conditions, complying as far as is possible with the relevant national standards for archives management.

Records in our care will be sorted and catalogued by professional staff and made available to the public free of charge (subject to any reasonable requirements of privacy and confidentiality) in our archives research room.

How to find out more

If you’d like to talk to staff at the Archives about your records, please contact us. We’re happy to provide advice and support to any individual or organisation in Hackney about creating and preserving your own archives.

Page updated on: 22 April 2020

Hackney Archives


Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ


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