Though the borough was only officially put together in 1965 as an amalgamation of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington, its history goes back much further. Historically, it's one of London's poorest areas but it also has a rich industrial and cultural heritage, so there is a great deal to recall in the museum.
The museum looks at different aspects of life in the borough, covering work, housing, education, transport and more. It is part of the civic centre just off Mare Street and opposite the Hackney Empire. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thur: 9.30am - 8pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm, and is closed Sun, Mon and Bank Holidays.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.hackney.gov.uk/cm-museum.htm.
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