Trace your family history at Hackney Museum

Local people from all backgrounds will be able to take part in a new family history project run by Hackney Museum.

Hackney Routes is a free scheme supporting local people to record and document their ancestors and descendants by exploring the relationship between Hackney and the rest of the world.

The project will work with individuals and family members who live in Hackney, or have strong family connections with the borough. Participants will develop a case study based on interviews and research of an aspect of their family history which can be shared with others in the borough.

There will be sessions on using archives/records, preserving documents and photographs, creative writing, interviewing and the importance of DNA.

Areas of focus will be:

Being in Hackney - when our family first came to Hackney, spirituality/places of worship, night life, our front room, and living in Hackney - 1940s to the 1990s.

Travels - the ones who were left behind, travelling for the first time to my parents/grandparents homeland, ancestors from different parts of the world, achievements and success of individuals/family members.

Memories - herbs/spices and medicines, soul food/recipes from ‘back in the day’, we are family (three generations that are still connected), what Mama used to say (Folk stories/tales from the past).
The project will culminate with the publication of the case studies online, and the possible development of a local family history network.

The course is free of charge and the workshops will take place in Hackney Museum, Hackney Archives and other community venues in the borough. The first workshop, on Thursday 26 November, will focus on people from African and Caribbean descent. There are limited places on the workshops - to register please contact Hackney Museum’s Cheryl Bowen, telephone: 020 8356 3500 or email: