£350k investment in Hackney Museum approved by Hackney Council
Hackney’s nationally-recognised Museum could see its permanent exhibition redesigned to celebrate 150,000 years of migration and settlement in Hackney, as part of a £1.1m bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to expand and refurbish its Reading Lane home.
To kick start the bidding process, the Council’s Cabinet this week pledged £350,000 for the project, which will help the Museum build on its reputation as a successful community resource that engages with residents of all ages and provides space for Hackney’s heritage to be stored, catalogued, exhibited, shared and explained.
If successful with the funding application to the NLHF, the Museum will be redesigned to make sure its permanent exhibition remains accessible and engaging while able to store and exhibit its growing collection for future generations.
The Museum is also planning to realise a range of new engagement programmes that will reach out to more people, developing greater levels of understanding and knowledge about the different communities living and working in the borough.
Hackney Museum is a precious resource that is well-used by many residents and widely acknowledged and loved as a Museum about and for local people. It builds a shared sense of belonging, understanding and respect for all who make up our Borough’s extraordinary community. This investment gives the Museum the backing and support it needs to plan ahead and reinterpret the way we can learn about our collective and personal histories, provide more space for the collection and enable it to reach out to even more of us.