Hackney Museum welcomes Xenia for a social media takeover


From now until 10 April, Hackney Museum’s social media will be guest-curated by Hackney community group Xenia who run workshops for migrant women to support English language learning and make new friends. The takeover will end in a show and tell event hosted by Xenia and Hackney Museum. 

The two-week takeover will see Xenia participants share experiences and knowledge through objects and storytelling. It will be in the spirit of the in-person Xenia sessions which have taken place at the Hackney Museum since 2016 until the pandemic meant they had to take place online. 

The event on 10 April (from 11.30-12.30) will give residents an opportunity to find out more about the objects featured in the takeover and the work of Xenia from the participants. 

Rani Govender, Xenia Organising Team Volunteer said, “Through our partnership with Hackney Museum, Xenia participants have the chance to share their experiences and knowledge by talking about objects which matter to them. Participants have enjoyed sharing their stories at Xenia sessions, and are now excited to share them further. We want to amplify stories of local women which have a vital place in museums and help us all learn about the world around us, but that we might not always see. Hackney Museum has been Xenia’s home since our first session five years ago, so it’s great to reconnect even if we can’t be there physically.”

Josie Stevens, Heritage Learning Manager at Hackney Museum said, “We are so happy that Xenia, who usually meet weekly at Hackney Museum, have been able to find a way to continue their fantastic work over the past year. This takeover is the culmination of a longer project that we’ve worked together on for the past few months, and we are really looking forward to seeing the objects and stories that the participants choose to share. It’s a reminder that all of our stories are part of Hackney’s history.” 

Book now for your place at the Xenia Takeover event on 10 April, 11:30 - 12:30 here. 

Follow Xenia's Twitter and Facebook and Hackney Museum’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to enjoy the online exhibition now.