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

Collecting Experiences of the Pandemic

The world as we knew it changed in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic transformed how we live overnight and we are still learning to adjust to new information about the virus and its impact on individuals and communities.

We’re seeking first hand experiences illustrated with personal objects from local people which reflect their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you live, work or study in Hackney, please submit your suggestions for this project. They may be used in a temporary exhibition in 2022 and for research, allowing us to tell future generations what it was like to live in Hackney during this unprecedented period in our history.

Items put forward so far include:

  • artwork that captures residents’ experiences of the pandemic and lockdown
  • an oximeter used by a resident to check their oxygen levels when they had Covid-19
  • handmade protective clothing and face shields made by Hackney organisations for NHS workers
  • a hand decorated t-shirt made by a 7 year old as a present for her best friend, who she could not meet up with during the first lockdown

If you have items you would like to suggest, or experiences and ideas to contribute please email

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.

Recent projects

  • 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

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 or you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer and learning how to record oral histories please email

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 and art projects for local groups 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.

Customising the iconic ‘I Love NY’ branding, ‘I Love Hackney’ was emblazoned on hundreds of thousands of badges, bags and posters.

Driven by the Council, it’s 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.

For more information see the Museum of London.