Museum Arts Events in Hackney - July 2010

Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty of arts and culture to explore this summer in and around Hackney Museum. July’s calendar offers you a chance to discover historical Hackney in a churchyard; get geared up for the Hackney One Carnival with help from the Museum’s artist-in-residence; and enjoy the work of young film-makers.

A series of memorable history based one-off events are on offer and all are FREE.

What: Hackney s Gardeners Remembered – a historical afternoon at St John’s Churchyard. Come and find out about Hackney’s garden history, make crafts and enjoy storytelling and drama in beautiful historical surroundings.

Where: St John’s Churchard, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD
When: 25 July 2pm – 4.30pm
Who: Families and anyone interested in Hackney’s history

Come and join in with some historical fun at St John at Hackney Churchyard at a family event, suitable for all ages. Meet Hackney’s famous 18th century society gardeners, the Loddiges; make paper flowers, masks and head-dresses; design your own pop-up churchyard garden and enjoy seeing history brought to life through live performances. The afternoon ends with a spellbinding story true story, taking place inside the magical setting of Hackney’s oldest building, St Augustine’s tower.*

What: Getting all dressed up for Hackney One Carnival - a day of costume making with the museum’s artist in residence, Ritta Ikonen.

Where: Hackney Museum, Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1, Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ. Contact:; 020 8356 3500
When: Wednesday 28 July & Thursday 29 July 2010, drop in from 2pm-4pm
Who: Children and families

Make a weird and wonderful outfit based on your favourite Hackney street or building. Make a big sparkly tower block, or a tunic fashioned from golden leaves. Hackney Museum’s artist in residence is on hand to help children and big people get all dressed up for this year’s Hackney One Carnival on 8 August.**

What: “Journeys”, a show case of the film work of students from Hackney Free and Parochial Secondary School. Exploring the changes in Hackney as we move towards the 2012 Olympics.

When: July 22nd from 5 – 7.30pm
Where: Hackney Museum, Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1, Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ.
Contact:; 020 8356 3500.
Who: Young people and families

Students from Hackney Free and Parochial Secondary School showcase short films they have made during a two-week placement with a professional film-maker. The students have explored on film, the concept of journey, personal, cultural and historical, as Hackney on the cusp of the 2012 Olympics. The project is part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.

What: A historical walk around the sites of Stoke Newington – a ‘misty village.’

Where: To be revealed on booking
When: Saturday 17 July from 11am-1pm.
How: book your place by contacting or telephone 020 8356 2509.

For centuries Stokey was a hidden village on the fringes of London, home to dissenters and radical writers such as Daniel Defoe and the gothic author Edgar Allen Poe. This walk, run by Hackney historian, Rachel Kolsky, will take you on an eye-opening tour of Stoke Newington’s history from left-field backwater to the vibrant and creative hub of north London.

For more information on events run by Hackney Museum, contact:; telephone: 020 8356 3500 and discover the world on your doorstep.