Exhibition shows what life under lockdown was like for Hackney residents during the Covid-19 pandemic

A new exhibition at Hackney Museum explores residents’ diverse experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic through their personal objects, photographs, and artwork. 

We Are All In This Together: Hackney During The Pandemic features content from local residents and community organisations, submitted as part of the Museum’s project  to collect experiences of the pandemic.

Visitors can view a selection of photographs taken by local professional photographers documenting life in the borough under lockdown. Objects on display explore how residents occupied themselves, found ways to cope, and stayed connected with other people. They illustrate the personal experiences of different people during the pandemic, including someone with long Covid, a first time mother, and a clinically vulnerable person shielding at home. The exhibition also reveals how local people and organisations found ways to support NHS staff and other frontline workers. 

The display presents Hackney residents' varied experiences of the pandemic; from the ways people occupied themselves during the first  lockdown’s ‘stay at home’ order, groups supporting NHS staff, to an artist documenting their experiences of living with Long Covid through artwork.

We Are All In This Together: Hackney During The Pandemic is part of Hackney Museum’s current collecting project. The Museum is still collecting first hand experiences through personal objects, to ensure future generations will be able to understand what it was like to live in Hackney during this period of our history. If you have a story and object to share, please contact Hackney Museum with your suggestions.

John Betts, Museum Officer at Hackney Museum

On 19 May a free event to thank those who helped shape the exhibition will be held at Hackney Museum. Those interested in how the pandemic affected local lives will have an opportunity to meet the contributors involved in shaping the exhibition, view the displays, and share their experiences with others.

The exhibition is free to attend and runs until Saturday 4 June 2022. Please contact museum@hackney.gov.uk for more information.

Notes to Editors

For further details, visit: https://hackney-museum.hackney.gov.uk/exhibitions/ 

Register here for the event at Hackney Museum on Thursday 19 May: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-are-all-in-this-together-hackney-during-the-pandemic-tickets-321129505997?aff=ebdssbdestsearch