Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives get Inspired

A unique Hackney Council project which is giving residents the chance to help record how London 2012 is changing their lives has received special recognition from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

LOCOG’s Inspire Mark has been awarded to Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives’ joint project Mapping the Change: a unique history project collecting visual, textual and audio responses from the local community based on the developments in the borough as a result of being a host borough for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Inspire Mark recognises outstanding projects and events cutting across culture, business, education, sport and the voluntary sector in helping to deliver the Games’ lasting legacy.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire Programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now – three years out from the start of the Games. I congratulate everyone involved in Mapping the Change for securing the Inspire Mark and wish you every success with your work.”

Cllr Nargis Khan, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “As a London 2012 Host Borough, Hackney is seeing a lot of change. I congratulate Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives for their success on receiving an Inspire Mark, as it is crucial for us to learn about and have a record of how the London 2012 Games changed the landscape and the people of Hackney. Mapping the Change is primarily a community project which I hope many residents will get involved with over the next few years.”

The project will culminate in an exhibition in 2012; be used as an educational resource and become a permanent record for generations to come – a picture of a crucial period in history for Hackney, as seen through the eyes of local people.

For more information about getting involved with Mapping the Change or any of Hackney Museum’s activities please telephone: 020 8356 3500 or Hackney Archives’ activities, telephone 020 7241 2886, or email: or visit: