Dalston Voices – local people tell their story of change

Hackney Museum’s exhibition ‘Dalston Voices’explores how Dalston and other parts of Hackney have changed. Oral historians interviewed long time residents of Dalston and Hackney to record their impressions of how the area has changed and grown over the years.

The exhibition features over 30 photographs and eight audio extracts from interviewees including:

Lena Barden E8 born 1916
" …During the war, I would get up at 5.30 in the morning, and together with my friend Yetta Zolin, we took our torches and walked to Ridley Road Market, joined the queue outside Jack Solomons the fish shop. It was useless to decide what fish you were going to buy, there was a limited choice, but at least you came home with something…. "

Larry Julian, E4 born 1953
" … Ridley Road did mean a lot. It was the place where West Indian food was found. The plantain, the dasheen, and things like that, the chicken feet, the pig foot for souse. Our food was down there. The cornmeal and things like that... "

Amarjit Kochhar, E8 who came to Hackney in the 1970 s
" ….I came to Hackney, and I think I found my home. In those days not many people wanted to live in Hackney. I loved it! Its politics. I loved its diversity. I loved it! People talked freely about Feminism. And you could wear whatever you like. Nobody made any comments… "

The exhibition is part of Mapping the Change which aims to capture the changes brought to the lives of Hackney people by the 2012 Games through photography, digital media, writing and oral history. All the work produced as part of Mapping the Change from 2008 until 2012, will be preserved in Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives collections for posterity.

Interviews were carried out between August and October by oral historians Rebecca Goldstone and Tony T. of Sweet Patootee. The portrait photographs were taken by Arnau Oriol Sanchez. The exhibition includes work by photographers Chris Dorley Brown and Stephen Gill and the artists Alexandra Blum and Miyuki Kasahara, and contributions by Dalston architects Levitt Bernstein.

Dalston Voices
Until 21 January 2011
Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ