Coming soon…

Hackney 300,000 BC: Meet the Neanderthal neighbours and curious creatures of the borough’s Old Stone Age (coming January 2023)

Hackney is of national and even international importance in understanding life over 300,000 years ago in the Palaeolithic period (Old Stone Age). It is one of the richest sites for archaeological finds from this time, with over 3000 objects discovered, and it also provides a rare glimpse into a past environment.

Hackney Museum has a small collection of artefacts which staff are researching for the first time to discover what the local area was like when early humans lived here. The artefacts will feature in a temporary exhibition, accompanied by school sessions, so you can get hands-on with objects 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.

This road sign, named after slave-owner Sir John Cass, was removed in December 2020 as part of Hackney Council’s ‘Review, Rename, Reclaim’ initiative. Following community consultation, the gardens were renamed Kit Crowley Gardens.

Hackney and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
We are re-developing our school session about Hackney’s links with the Transatlantic Slave Trade following Hackney Council’s ‘Review, Rename, Reclaim’ project. We would like to hear your thoughts about how you teach the Transatlantic Slave Trade at school and what you think is important to be included in this session. To get in touch please email