Local people tell their stories through Hackney Wick voices exhibition

Hackney Wick Voices
September 8 2011 to February 4 2012

A new exhibition, Hackney Wick Voices explores the areas past, present and its future through the eyes of local residents.

The exhibition at the council run Hackney Museum shows how this part of London looked in the past and how it is rapidly changing as a result of the Olympic Games coming to London in 2012.

The exhibition includes photographs from Hackney Archives, from the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Eton Manor Boys Club Archive at Bishopsgate Institute. On display is work from artists Deana Jackson and Stephen McCann and local photographers Stephen Gill and Arnau Oriol. Oral historians also interviewed long time residents of Hackney Wick about their lives and their thoughts on the future. Audio extracts from 12 interviewees include:

Joan Elliot, who was born in Hackney Wick. She said: "All the children in the street played together and we spent all our summer holidays on the Marshes and Mabley Green. My mum used to bring egg and chips and we’d sit under a tent and eat it and then she d come back in the afternoon with a bottle of tea and some bread and jam and we d play till about five, half past. And that was our summer.

Peter Wilson, Ex member of Eton Manor Boys Club said: “When I found out that Eton Manor Boys’ Club Wilderness site was going to be used for the Paralympics I felt incredibly proud of that.”

The exhibition is part of Mapping the Change which aims to record people s lives in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to create a lasting legacy for future generations to experience and enjoy.

Hackney Museum is free and visitors can find out about Hackney past and present. All the family can get stuck in to our hands-on activities. Sail the Saxon boat, try on historical costumes, bring spooky ghosts to life or try your hand at making Victorian matchboxes against the clock. Hackney Museum hosts events activities throughout the year as well as school holidays.

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Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Thursday: 9.30am - 8pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm. Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

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