February half term activities

Saturday 10th February – Saturday 17th February

This February half term holiday we will be running activities inspired by the new Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds exhibition. Help create a model adventure playground (drop-in 11am to 4pm) and have fun in the exhibition with our loose parts play. Come on Saturday 10th Feb and meet some of Hackney’s brilliant playworkers! 

Colorful model of an adventure playground made out of junk materials e.g. ladders made of ice lolly sticks, hammock made of tangerine netting and mushroom made of toilet roll tube
Model of an adventure playground
Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds – Exhibition Launch Event

Thursday 15th February 6pm – 7.30pm

Come to our launch event to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition on Hackney’s adventure playgrounds. Come and explore our photographs and objects, share your memories, enjoy the contents of our play boxes, meet the playworkers and contribute to the conversation about adventure playgrounds in Hackney. Book your free space on Eventbrite

Black and white photo of a group of children at an adventure playground
Hackney Marsh adventure playground, early 1970s. Image provided by Alan Rossiter
Talk with photographers Sarah Ainslie and Chris Dorley-Brown, chaired by Tom Hunter

Thursday 22nd February 6pm – 7.30pm

Join us at Hackney Museum for a talk with photographers Sarah Ainslie and Chris Dorley-Brown, chaired by artist Tom Hunter. This will be the final photographers talk as part of the programme for At Home in Hackney, which closes on 23 March 2024. Both Sarah and Chris have photo series featured in the At Home in Hackney Exhibition.

Find out more details and book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

1993.105 Lannette Edwards, machinist at Burberry (c) Sarah Ainslie
Photobooth with Heather McDonough

*Coming Soon* Date TBC

Come and get your portrait taken by local photographer Heather McDonough and join the community photographed in Hackney. Photobooth is a drop in event at Hackney Museum. Look out for more details on Eventbrite. Once your picture is taken visit our At Home in Hackney exhibition to see Heather and other photographers’ work.

For more details on past Photobooth projects see:

Mother and Daughter, Springfield Park Jubilee Celebrations 2022, Photobooth

Fun Fridays, Super Saturdays & holiday activities

Learn about life in Hackney with our fun hands-on activities every Friday and Saturday in term time. Live like Anglo-Saxons and load the Saxon boat; learn about Victorian toys and try on historical costumes or find out how people travelled in and around Hackney by being a bus driver on a number 38 bus.

You can do this and much more every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. These activities are also be available throughout all school holidays. All children must be supervised by a responsible adult. To find out more please visit our Families page.

Download trail

Explore Hackney Museum at your own pace and see how many objects you can find! Download our museum family trail (pdf).