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Bookings are now open for school sessions inspired by our upcoming temporary display ‘Movers, Shakers & Community Makers’ about Hackney’s African heritage communities.

These free sessions for Hackney primary schools will run throughout October and November. You can find a list of all remaining available workshops here [this list will be updated every Monday].

When booking please indicate which session you would like to book and which year group you are booking for. Please note, we can only accomodate 30 pupils in each session.

To book, or for more information, please email 

Free led workshops for local schools

Local history comes to life at Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives. We offer free learning sessions on a variety of subjects for local primary schools. Our sessions use maps, objects, stories and migration suitcases to unlock the rich history of our local area and the experiences of people who have settled in Hackney over time.

We offer:

Please email to enquire about bookings.

You can read about our current covid-secure measures here.

Virtual workshops for local schools

We also offer virtual workshops, adapted from the school workshops that we run at the museum. Workshops available for KS2 include Stone Age Hackney, Hackney War Stories and Windrush and Beyond.

We also have a Suitcase Stories workshop suitable for KS1 classes.

Please email for more information and to book.

Interactive local history learning resources

These resources have been designed to engage your classes with local history while the museum is closed. They are suitable for classroom use, as well as independent home learning.

Please email to request any of the learning resources. We ask that you email so that we can keep track of approximately how many pupils are using the resources.

You can receive the resources in either Google Drive or Powerpoint format.

The available resources include:

Suitcase Stories; changes in Hackney

This resource has been designed for KS1 pupils. It’s aim is to inspire pupils to consider how Hackney has changed over time.

Pupils will watch videos to explore objects from each of our suitcases (Georgian, Victorian, WW2, Windrush and 1990s).

Pupils will also look at pictures from Hackney Archives to explore how Hackney has changed over time.

Stone Age Hackney

This resource has been designed for KS2 pupils. Students will watch videos of real Stone age artefacts from Hackney Museum’s collections and will revise their knowledge with an interactive quiz.

Anglo-Saxon Hackney

This resource has been designed for KS2 pupils. Pupils will use their object enquiry skills to explore Anglo-Saxon artefacts and will consider what Hackney would have looked like when the Anglo-Saxons settled here.

They will consolidate their knowledge with an interactive quiz.

Hackney war stories

This resource has been designed for KS2 pupils. Pupils will watch videos to explore the real stories of people who lived in Hackney during the Second World War.

They will watch videos to explore objects, and they will use their object enquiry skills to uncover the stories behind them.

Learning resources for classroom-based learning

Over the years, Hackney Museum has created many local history resources, in consultation with local teachers. These are designed to be used in the classroom, and cover a range of topics, including African and Caribbean history in the local area, and local area guides, aimed at (or adaptable for) KS1-KS4.

Learning resources for home learning

We have worked with local teachers to design some activities for KS1 and KS2 pupils and their families to do at home, inspired by Hackney Museum’s collections and previous exhibitions:

Hackney Museum at home

Hackney history at home: Refugee Week 2020 – this worksheet has been inspired by Hackney Museum’s collections and the real stories of people who have left their home and moved to Hackney for safety. Pupils will learn about these stories, consider their feelings about them and the role they play in welcoming people to Hackney

Hackney history at home: Windrush Day 2020 – this worksheet has been designed to encourage pupils to explore objects and interviews in Hackney Museum’s collections with reference to Windrush. Pupils will consider what the collections can tell us about the experiences of the Windrush Generation, and will consider the importance of celebrating Windrush Day

Children, parents, carers and teachers, we’d love to see what you come up with, and hear your feedback on these resources – please email us at or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Hackney Archives at home

These resources have been designed to show how Hackney has changed over time using photographs held at our archives.


With support from Morningside Children’s Centre, we have also designed simple and sensory activities for toddlers, based on the Museum’s collections: home learning activities for toddlers.

Hackney Museum's workshops from home

These resources have been adapted from the workshops that we run for schools at Hackney Museum, and have been designed to be done either at home or at school.

Stone Age Hackney

Hackney War Stories

Secondary schools

Structured self-led visits

The Museum worked with History PGCE student Chloe Rodgerson to design a series of workshop plans, based around a visit to Hackney Museum and centred on the enquiry question: ‘How can we explain the diversity of Hackney?’.

We’d love to find new ways to work with secondary schools. If you work at a Hackney secondary school and would like to get in touch with us to discuss a project, please email

Adult learning

Hackney Museum works in partnership with Hackney Learning Trust, community organisations and individuals to create exciting opportunities for adults to learn from our rich collections and displays about migration to Hackney.

English for speakers of other languages

We work in partnership with curriculum managers in Hackney Learning Trust to develop courses where ESOL learners use Hackney Museum to enrich their learning of the English language.

For tutors wishing to make an informal visit to the Museum we provide resources for ESOL. For Hackney residents looking to learn English visit the  ESOL Advice Service where you will find help and support.

Advance UK

A weekly, creative workshop for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, inspired by the museum and organised in collaboration with Advance UK.

Sometimes, special guest artists help run workshops, sharing their skills and expertise with the group, such as Sunara Begum, who said, “It was such a great experience to share our work as artists with such an active, engaging and creative group of individuals.”

“They were all so highly receptive and open to new ideas and new possibilities. Keep on doing what you do.”

To find out more about joining, as a participant or guest artist, please email



Xenia builds relationships between migrant women and English-speaking women in Hackney to form a more understanding, kind and hospitable community.

Xenia women meet every Saturday morning from 10am at Hackney Museum. Follow @xeniawomen for the latest updates and see our events page for forthcoming sessions.

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