Current Exhibition

Poster for the exhibition Hackney 300,000 BC. A painting depicts an ancient landscape with animals such as hyenas and straight-tusked elephants.

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

This exhibition explores a distant past, when Hackney was like an African savannah and huge beasts roamed the landscape.

Get hands on with objects hundreds of thousands of years old, and learn about the mysterious now extinct humans who made them, the Neanderthals.

Find out why Hackney is one of the most important archaeological sites from the Old Stone Age (Palaeolithic) in Britain, and the stories of the eccentric characters who led to its rediscovery.

31 January – 22 July 2023.

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

Image of Photograph: Sale shop staff, Burberry's
Inside the sale shop at Burberry, 1993 © Sarah Ainslie.

Faces Behind the Fashions
Hackney and the Garment Trade

For most of the 20th century, Hackney was central to the UK’s garment making industry.

This display shares stories about the people behind the garment making industry in Hackney. Photographs, pamphlets, illustrations and portfolios on display reveal the histories of people behind the trade.

Until 20 February 2023

Click here to find out more about our past exhibitions.