Located within Hackney's Technology & Learning Centre, this little gem is dedicated to telling Hackney's rich story of migration and settlement, from pre-history to today. There are flint tools, Roman pottery, a Saxon oak boat discovered in Springfield Park in 1987, and oral histories from those fleeing persecution. There are also mock-ups of a '60s kitchen, printing shop and a Pie & Mash shop, plus Daniel Defoe's gravestone, and part of 19th -century banker, Alexander Chalmers' collection of paintings, bronzes, ivories and cameos. Regular rolling exhibitions have included African textiles, Caribbean photography, and Black British music. Currently on is the excellent 'Roots, Rhythms and Rhymes' tracing Hackney music from 19th century immigrants' songs, through Jamaican sound systems, to grime and dubstep. A programme of events includes talks and workshops.
Hackney MuseumDiscover the rich history of Hackney
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Address: 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
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