Current Projects

Current projects

Reimagining Hackney Museum

Hackney Council has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop ambitious plans to transform and reimagine Hackney Museum. These plans for major improvements include a new permanent exhibition sharing stories of migration and settlement from prehistory to modern day, a redeveloped community room, an improved shop, additional storage space for collections and enhanced digital activities so more people can access Hackney’s rich histories.

Visit the Reimagining Hackney Museum page for more information about the project.

Hackney 300,000 BC: Meet the Neanderthal neighbours and curious creatures of the borough’s Old Stone Age

Hackney is of national and even international importance in understanding life in the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age). Not only is it one of the richest sites for archaeological finds from this time, with over 3000 objects discovered, but it also provides a rare glimpse into a past environment.

This exhibition (coming February 2023) will allow you to get hands on with objects hundreds of thousands of years old, and explore the world of the mysterious people who made them. Learn about the animals they lived amongst, including the world’s largest ever land mammal, the straight-tusked elephant. And learn the stories of the eccentric figures who rediscovered this rich history in the borough.

This project is funded by the Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme.

Trailblazing Women by Xenia

Xenia brings together women from different backgrounds to connect, share and learn. Supported by the Mayor of London and in collaboration with Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives, over the next year Xenia will be creating an illustrated trail of women’s stories in Hackney. They are particularly interested in highlighting stories of everyday women who are not often represented or celebrated in the public realm, particularly migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women, Global Ethnic Majority women as well as LGBTQ+ and disabled women.

In 2023 they will be collecting nominations for women to be included in the trail and would like to hear from as many individuals, groups or organisations in the borough as possible. To find out more about the project, please see Xenia’s Trailblazing Women flyer or contact