Projects and Community partnerships

We run our own projects, working in partnership with local groups and individuals, but also contribute to the project work of other local organisations, museums and heritage organisations across London.

For advice and support about your heritage project, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you identify the right partners and funders.

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.

From January 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, contact

Recent projects
  • Hackney Heritage Migrations with Community Advance, 2022
  • Collecting experiences of the pandemic in Hackney
  • Autograph, 2016-17
  • Stik, 2016-17 – Hackney Museum worked with world renowned local artist Stik to design a new banner for Pride 2016.
  • Access All Areas, 2016-17
  • Jewish Stamford Hill, 2016
  • Home, 2016
  • Stormont House Centenary, 2015-16
  • Picture Taking, 2015
  • Hackney City Farm at 30, 2015
  • Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS, 2014
  • Our Museum, 2012-16
Disability and access projects

People with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities are well represented generally within the majority of our community exhibitions, but we also work with local people, groups and organisations to co-develop projects, programmes and exhibitions specifically related to the experiences of people with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities in Hackney today and in the past.

Past Projects
LGBTQI+ history in Hackney 2017

To mark LGBT month last February, we launched a crowdsourced project to map, record and share the borough’s rich LGBTQI+ history and culture, highlighting times and places where significant and personal LGBTQI+ history was made in Hackney.

You can also help us build our collections by donating your personal records, photos, artefacts and memories to the museum so we can get a better picture of this important but often overlooked history. If you’ve got material you’d like to donate please visit our Donate an Item page.

Hello Cazenove, 2014

What does community mean to you? Hello Cazenove was a range of events and activities around Cazenove Road and North East Hackney which contributed to an exhibition at the museum in January 2014.

Mapping the Change, 2010-12

As one of 5 boroughs to host the London Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012, Hackney is at the forefront of momentous change. Mapping the Change recorded the changes to local people’s lives.

Allen Road project, 2008

In 1972, Richard Scott photographed the whole length of the north side of Allen Road, N16. His slides have been digitally reconstructed to make a complete panorama. In 2008, Hackney Museum worked with Richard, and local residents, to create a new Allen Road panorama.

Abolition ’07: Commemorating the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, 2007

Museum staff worked extensively with members of the African-Caribbean community in Hackney to devise and develop an exhibition, a documentary, a theatre performance and poetry based interactive tours for visiting school groups.

We also commissioned new artwork, art projects for local groups and this film in response to the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade.

I Love Hackney, 2006

An exhibition asking local celebrities why they loved the area in response to the Channel 4 television show, The Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK. Hackney residents also rose to defend their borough and an extraordinary 10-year civic pride campaign was born. Watch this film to see some of the responses.

Customising the iconic ‘I Love NY’ branding, ‘I Love Hackney’ was emblazoned on hundreds of thousands of badges, bags and posters. Driven by Hackney Council, it has been worn proudly by residents and visitors ever since, and customised to promote improvements from recycling and clean streets to public health.

London Museums Hub refugee heritage project, 2004-7

We worked with members of three Kurdish community organisations, Day-Mer, Halkevi and KCC, over three years to record aspects of Kurdish culture and heritage, and created a loan box of objects that schools can borrow and other educational resources for teachers.