Hackney in pictures

Hackney Council is encouraging residents to donate photographs that tell a story about living in Hackney. Their photos will become part of a photographic collection showing Hackney through the years called Hackney’s Living Past.

Some of the photos will also be used as part of a display at Homerton library and Hackney Archives throughout October’s Black History month. After that any photographs donated will be kept as part of the permanent collections at Hackney Archives. So far the display includes a selection of photos from the council’s archives showing Hackney life in the 70’s and 80’s.

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Jonathan McShane said: “We want to know what Hackney means to you. Your photographs can show how the borough inspires you. They could focus on the diversity of the people who live, visit or work here. Maybe our streets and buildings or the eclectic and individual fashions that really make Hackney stand out. Why not become part of history and tell your story by sending us your photographs?”

If you would like to donate your photographs to Hackney Archives, drop in to talk to the staff anytime during opening hours . You can also donate at Homerton Library. To find out more visit

The display, runs as part of Black History Month. This year, Hackney Council is focusing on creative art and media showcasing some of the community s modern day talents, as well as taking a look at contributions made in the past.

Events are free and taking place at Hackney Museum and all of Hackney s libraries until December 2010. There is something for everyone including sessions featuring guest speakers, music workshops, seminars, creative writing sessions and film screenings.

This year’s guide to Hackney s Black History Month is available from libraries, Hackney Museum, and some leisure centres. To check out events and exhibitions please visit: