London Met staff and archives feature in Hackney Museum exhibition

Co-curated by Emeritus Reader Susan Andrews, ‘At Home in Hackney’ features photography lecturers from the University, alongside images from the Special Collections.

Date: 30 October 2023

A new photography exhibition has opened at the Hackney Museum, celebrating 50 years of local life, activism, and youth culture. Susan Andrews, Emeritus Reader and Photography lecturer is one of the event co-curators who has organised the event with the Museum and East London Photographers Collective. 

Photography lecturer Heather McDonough and MA Photography Alumnus & Photography lecturer David George are also featured in the exhibition, which runs until February 2024. 

Images from London Met’s Special Collections also feature in the photo display, including archival imagery from the East End Archive taken by The Hackney Flashers, co-established by famed London photographer, Jo Spence. 

London Met’s involvement in this exhibition speaks to the University’s ongoing engagements with the city – its people, institutions, history, archives, and social issues. Susan Andrews , co-curator of ‘At Home in Hackney ‘, said “It has been wonderful to include some of the University’s East End Archive work in this exhibition, as well as have two of the photography team among the artists exhibiting There is a clear synergy between the social purpose behind the project and London Met’s  own commitment to being a civic university.” 

Co-curator Tom Hunter has also curated a film season at the Hackney Picturehouse to complement the exhibition. The films have all been made in Hackney and feature locations set in the borough. Weekly screenings will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition and will feature full length and shorts films, with discussions by directors.  

Hackney Picturehouse will also be running an exhibition in parallel of photographic works by artists including Chris Dorly-Brown, David George, Tom Hunter, Heather McDonough, and Madeleine Waller. 

Image from the Front Room series by Heather McDonough
Image: Portrait from the Front Room series by Heather McDonough

At Home at Hackney 
7 October to 24 February 

Hackney Museum 
1 Reading Lane 
E8 1GQ 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am-5:30pm 
Thursday 9:30am-8:00pm 
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm