Hackney Museum awarded £293k HLF funding for Mapping the Change project

Hackney Museum has received a £293 000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for Mapping the Change, Hackney s major contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.

Mapping the Change is recording the changes to East London people s lives between now and the London 2012 Games so that future generations can learn about the people of Hackney.

Mapping the Change is a unique history project about the people of Hackney and the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on their lives. It is capturing the many voices of Hackney s hugely diverse communities by working with community groups, local artists and individuals to produce photographic, digital media, text, and audio based records of the changes and people s responses to them.

Hackney Council is leading on the majority of activities, with Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets Councils delivering certain elements. The grant will be used to employ staff, conduct outreach work with schools and community organisations.

Activities include oral history recordings in Hackney and Fish Island, photo competitions in Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest; community journalism courses; art and heritage workshops at Homerton Hospital; film documentaries, history walks and talks; radio journalism; an extensive schools and families programmes and a series of community exhibitions at Hackney Museum and community venues.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Health & Community Services said: "Well done to Hackney Museum for securing another Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Hackney co-hosting the London 2012 Games is not only about new buildings, better transport and job opportunities, it is about people experiencing change in preparation for what will be a major event in history. It is important that the Council plays a role in documenting this. Mapping the Change will provide us with a revealing and valuable account for future generations to look back on."

Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: “At an exciting time when the East End boroughs undergo vast changes as the Olympic Park takes shape, this project seeks to capture and celebrate the extraordinary stories and experiences of the people that live there. We look forward to their contribution to the Cultural Olympiad next year.”

From now until December 2012 the council run Hackney Museum will host special exhibitions and a series of public events for Mapping the Change, culminating in a major exhibition involving all of the projects. To find out more or get involved contact Hackney Museum on 020 8356 3500 or