Tell us what you would like to see in a new Hackney Museum

People who live, learn and work in the London Borough of Hackney are invited to share their thoughts on what they would like to see, do and learn in a new permanent exhibition at Hackney Museum by taking part in a borough-wide consultation running until 31 January 2024.

Whether you are a regular visitor or have yet to explore the museum, you can have your say on the proposals and help shape our plans by completing our short survey. The survey is also available at the museum. 

Any community groups interested in getting involved in a focus group discussion during November 2023 can contact museum@hackney.gov.uk for more details.

We are so excited to be able to include our residents' voices and stories in this ambitious transformation project, it will see our much loved museum given a new lease of life. Through your opinions and the generous support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund the museum will be fit for the future for Hackney's residents and will truly reflect our communities past, present and futures.

Petra Roberts, Assistant Director for Culture, Libraries and Heritage at Hackney Council

Notes to editors

About Reimagining Hackney Museum: Connecting Communities with Collections 

Hackney Council has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop ambitious plans to transform and reimagine Hackney Museum on its current site. During this planning phase (2023-2024) museum staff are working with local communities to shape proposals for the new museum’s displays and services.

These plans for major improvements include a new permanent exhibition sharing stories of migration and settlement from prehistory to modern day, a redeveloped community room, an improved shop, additional storage space for collections and enhanced digital activities so more people can access Hackney’s rich histories. This work will allow museum staff to work with residents in new and interesting ways to engage them with the museum’s collections and local histories.

Hackney Museum is the community history museum for the London Borough of Hackney. Its collections represent the everyday lives of people in the borough, many of whom have migrated from different parts of the world. These collections and stories are used to share the borough’s rich histories.

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The project complements a wider ongoing investment in Hackney’s cultural facilities including an upgrade of Hackney Town Hall Square and new investment to improve Hackney Central Library. It forms part of Hackney Council’s transformation of Hackney Central which aims to create a greener, more accessible town centre with better facilities for the community. Find out more about how Hackney Central is changing.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund 

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in the strategic plan, Heritage 2033.  

Over the next ten years, the aim is to invest £3.6 billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places and the natural environment.  

The National Lottery Heritage Fund helps protect, transform and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are.  

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.  

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The ‘Reimagining Hackney Museum: Connecting Communities with Collections’ project has been granted round one development funding of £266,782 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Proposals will be considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at a second round, where a final decision will be made on the full funding award of £1.8m.