February half term activities, Tues 14th Feb to Sat 18th Feb

Join us this half term and take part in free, hands-on activities inspired by our new exhibition Hackney 300,000 BC, about Hackney in the Old Stone Age. Activities include;

Object explorer bags, suitable for all ages.

Find out more about the Stone Age animals who lived in Hackney 300,000 years ago, including the straight-tusked elephant, the world’s largest land mammal ever to have lived!

Make your own Mammoth, suitable for all ages.

Learn more about Woolly mammoths and how they adapted to the cold environments of the Old Stone Age, and decorate your own woolly mammoth.

Soap knapping, suitable for ages 6+.

Get hands-on with with artefacts from the Old Stone Age and find out more about the humans who made them, the Neanderthals. Then have a go at making your own handaxe out of soap. Please note this activity is only available at the following times;

Tuesday 14th Feb, 1pm to 3pm

Wednesday 15th Feb, 1pm to 3pm

Thursday 16th Feb, 10am to 12pm

Walking tour: Ayahs and Amahs, remembering the Indian and Chinese nannies of East London (1820s-1940s)

Hundreds of women from Asia travelled to Britain as ayahs and amahs, taking care of young British children on the long journey by sea. Join this walking and talking tour around East London to find out more about why they came, the places they lived, and the experiences they had.

The tour will start in Aldgate (exact location provided after booking) and continue to Hackney by train from Liverpool Street. Participants will need their own contactless card, Oyster Card or ticket for the journey from Liverpool Street to Cambridge Heath Station (no step-free access). The tour will end at Hackney Museum.

Thursday 30 March 2023, 10am-1pm. Limited spaces.

Fun Fridays, Super Saturdays & holiday activities

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

You can do this and much more every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. These activities will also be available throughout all school holidays. All children must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Download trail

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