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Hackney Stories 2010

Hackney Stories 2010

Its summer, so its time for Discover Hackney to come up with lots of fun and interesting things for you to do. So fingers crossed for sun, and check out everything there is for you to enjoy.

Saturday 3 July

HEALTHY HOUSES AND TASTY STREETS 10 am – 12 noon (Family Friendly)
Ever wondered what buildings taste like or whether roads are chewy? Build vegetable villas and create tasty towers in this fun and fruity workshop! Transform fruit and vegetables from around the world into the places in your neighbourhood and help make a large and delicious map of edible buildings inspired by your local area.
The Building Exploratory, 8 Orsman Road, N1 5QJ
FREE book a place to avoid disappointment, call 020 7729 2011 or email

SUMMER FUN FAMILY DAY 10am- 4pm (Family Friendly)
A family day for all ages to celebrate the Big Dance - swing your way back to the 20th century and learn dances from the Lambeth Walk to rock and roll. Make a fabulous flower or beastly bug fan to keep yourself cool and hear some summertime stories.
The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
FREE all welcome, just drop in

ALMSHOUSE TOURS 11am, 12 noon, 2, 3, 4pm
Visit the Geffrye’s restored 18th century almshouse, which has been taken back to its original condition and offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s.
The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Adults, over 16s and well supervised families
Tickets: adults £2; Friends, disabled visitors and children under 16 free. 16 places per tour allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. We advise arriving at the museum at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the tour.
N.B There will also be almshouse tours on Wednesday 7 and 21 July

Use stop frame animation techniques to create an animation inspired by the Geffrye’s tranquil gardens.
The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Ideal for young people aged 11-16.
FREE. Places allocated on a first-come basis 30 minutes in advance of each workshop.

Saturday 10 July

HOW HACKNEY GOT ITS TOWER 11.30 am and 2.30 pm (Family Friendly)
St Augustine’s Tower is the last remaining part of the medieval church of Hackney, built 700 years ago when Hackney was a tiny village. Come and hear the story of why the Tower survived even though the churchwardens decided to pull down the old church.
St Augustine's Tower in the churchyard gardens, bottom of The Narrow Way opposite Marks and Spencer
Accompanied children 6 or over are welcome
FREE But numbers are limited, and places will be allocated on a first come basis
The St John at Hackney, and De Beauvoir community festivals are also happening today, and Discover Hackney will be at them too!
Saturday 17 July

IN THE MOMENT Music, Raving and Night Life in Hackney 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm
Calling all old ravers and young groovers! Explore Hackney’s musical legacy from the 1970s to the early 1990s when Hackney had a fantastic club and music scene. Bring your music, pictures and stories and share with us what went down – the music, the venues and the fashions. Dig out your records, CDs and tapes and relive your raving days. And what about now? Tell us how you rate the current music scene and how has our musical life’s changed with new formats - from vinyl to ITunes.
Hoxton Hall, 1330 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH
FREE book quick, we’ve only space for 15 on each workshop! Contact Patrick Vernon, Every Generation on 0845 260 5565 or 07976 731539

100 VOICES /100 YEARS 1– 7pm (Family Friendly)
Celebrate Hoxton Hall’s 100th birthday by telling us your stories and reminiscences about the Hall and Hoxton – you’ll find us at Shoreditch Festival. Our recording will form part of an exciting centenary soundscape for Hoxton Hall.
Shoreditch Festival, Shoreditch Park, Mintern Street, London
All generations - young people, families and elders with a Hoxton connection.
FREE – please drop by the Hoxton Hall/Discover Hackney/ Building Exploratory marquee at Shoreditch Festival

Saturday 24 July

A creative writing workshop at Hackney Archives inspired by some of the original documents, photographs and maps that relate to the history and development of the Clapton area - including manuscripts by local antiquarians. Hackney Archives, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ.
FREE book a place to avoid disappointment, call 020 7241 2886 or
NB You may be interested in the other half of this project, a guided walk around Upper Clapton on Monday 26th

OPEN WEEKEND: FREE ALMSHOUSE VISITS 10.15am–12.15pm, and 2-4.15pm
Come and visit the Geffrye’s elegant 18th-century almshouse as part of the Open Weekend celebrations. Instead of our usual tours you will have the opportunity to come along and see for yourself.
The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
For adults 16+ and families,
FREE But only 16 visitors will be allowed in at any one time, and a first-come first-served system will be in operation.

 Sunday 25 July

CELEBRATING GARDENS AND GARDENERS – two linked family events joined by a pleasant Sunday stroll (or the 106 bus)

Join us in a free tour of Hackney’s grand Victorian Cemetery, where a storyteller will reveal some of its great mysteries, including the last resting place of members of the Loddiges family – Hackney’s most celebrated gardeners. There will be a flower display at the main entrance, and if you bring a blanket and picnic you can try a craft workshop while you dine!
Abney Park Cemetery
FREE everyone’s welcome, just come along

Meet Hackney’s most important historical gardener, Conrad Loddiges, hear stories about his family and contribution to gardening. Make wonderful flowers to decorate his family tomb at St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens and celebrate the life of the man who brought us wisteria, rhododendrons and many other beautiful plants from all over the world.
St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens - Outside St John at Hackney Church in Lower Clapton Road
FREE Booking recommended:

SWIING INTO SUMMER 12noon–5pm (Family Friendly)
Come and join us for summertime fun, there is something for everyone: Dance along to 1950s music, play Ping Pong and other garden games. Children can make fans and herb boxes and young people can learn the art of making origami and be part of a live spoken word poetry session.
Programmed by the.Geffrye Museum’s young volunteers as part of the Stories of the World project.
The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Ideal for families and young people
FREE everyone’s welcome, just come along

Monday 26 July

Discover the treasures of Upper Clapton on this evening stroll. The walk will follow a route around historic Clapton Common and some of the adjoining streets. It will look at the development of the area, the exteriors of some of the architecturally interesting buildings, as well as examine local conservation issues. Led by Dr Ann Robey, Architectural Historian
Meet outside St Thomas’s Church on the corner of Clapton Terrace and Oldhill Street
For adults aged 16 +
FREE avoid disappointment, booking advised:

Saturday 31 July

Enjoy Turkish stories and discover how Sutton House links to that part of the world, eat Turkish and Kurdish foods, enjoy dancing, toys and games on this free family Saturday!
Sutton House, 2+4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ
FREE everyone’s welcome, just come along