Hackney Remembers

Hackney Remembers

Pupils examining First World War sources

Heritage Grants

London, London
Fifth Word Theatre
Hackney Remembers explored the lives and stories of the soldiers (with particular emphasis on serving British Jewish soldiers) and their families during the First World War in Hackney.

This First World War project for primary school children and the general public was delivered through a partnership of a drama company (Fifth Word) with Hackney Museum and the Jewish Military Museum. The project featured extensive contributions from volunteers, as well as multiple media outputs including an exhibition, film, and website.

This project was aimed at people in Hackney from BME communities, and especially disadvantaged children who have English as a second language. The project culminated in a mobile exhibition for the whole community.

Hackney Museum and Jewish Military Museum trained nine volunteers to catalogue a rich list of First World War archival sources that were turned into child friendly cards. The exhibition launched at Hackney Museum and then went on to the Jewish Military Museum. It will also tour during the centenary year to commemorate venues within Hackney Heritage Service and the five schools that form part of the primary advantage federation. 

“Hopefully with projects like this children can become curators of their own heritage and develop tools to challenge, investigate and articulate.”