This site is mainly the work of one person. I’m aware that it could be biased towards my interests and experiences. To avoid that, I’m keen to hear from other people.
If you have been involved with radical projects in Hackney and would like to talk or write about them (or have documentation of them) then do get in touch!
I am also very open to suggestions, comments, ideas for contributions, criticisms etc.
(For the sake of convenience this site generally covers things which happened before the year 2000.)
I’m looking for copies or scans of the following for inclusion here:
Black Unity and Freedom Party – Who Killed Aseta Simms pamphlet Copies of Hackney Gutter Press and Hackney People’s Press.
Issues 4-16 of Hackney Peoples Press (1970s)
Hackney Council for Racial Equality – Policing in Hackney: A Record of HCRE’s Experience 1978-82
Hackney Tenant; the monthly newspaper of the Federation of Hackney Tenants 1980s
Hackney NUT / Hackney Teachers’ Association – Police Out of School , 1986
Hackney Heckler issues 2 and 4. 1990.
Hackney Against The Cuts issue 1, 1991.
HCDA – A People’s Account of the Hackney Anti-Poll Tax Demonstration on March 8th 1990, 1990 HCDA – A Crime Is A Crime Is A Crime, 1991. (Report into police crime in Hackney 1989-1991. Presented to the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in November 1991)
HCDA – Squats ‘n’ Cops, 1993
HCDA – On The Border of A Police State
HCDA – Community Defence bulletin, various issues
Similar material that I’m not aware of, from the eighties or earlier.
Also general information on:
Kwame Nkrumah school (set up by Hackney black teachers in the 1980s, also connected to Centerprise)
Hackney Black People’s Defence Organisation
Hackney Broadcast Authority (1980s pirate radio) especially recordings
leave a comment or drop me an email at hackneyinnit at hotmail.co.uk if you can help.
Thank you to the many people who have helped so far!
- This is a radical history site, we are unfortunately not able to help people who have experienced problems with the police.
- We do not hold copyright on any of the images on this site (or at least the ones people ask us questions about).
- Having said that we do very much appreciate it if people who use our material give us credit, especially if the use relates to paid for events, publications etc.
- We do this in our spare time and are not funded by anyone else.
I recall seeing at least one issue of Hackney People’s Press in the LSE University library archive a few years ago. The archive can provide you with photocopies of any of their materials quite cheaply.
Thanks for the tip off – will see what I can do…
i’ve got the lot, give me a ring
Some of those HCDA reports are in the 56a Archive for sure
do you want copies of the hackney and islington music workshop song books? I have 4 and I think there were only 4 issued.
That sounds interesting, Cotswold Quaker! Maybe drop me an email at hackneyinnit at hotmail.co.uk ?
Hi was wondering if you could help its a long shot my dad was brought over during the war as an evacuee he lived at de beaviour road with his mum and dad now him and his mum left London circa 1939ish now his dad stayed and he used to sing in the pubs and clubs of hackney one pub I know he sang in was the de beaviour arms on de beaviour road how could I find out more on the history and employees of the pub and anymore information about my pap thank you any help would be great Phil
I would very much like copies of The Hackney and Islington Music Workshop songbooks.
Any news on this?
I came up from Brighton to work on a calendar in the late 70s [I think I did March] and I came across a children’s alphabet book printed at Lenthall road. Has anyone seen a copy. [its called ‘a is for ‘hackney]
The ultimate lowdown on adult ABCs, also published by Hanborough Parrot, is David Blamires’s beautifully illustrated Adults Alphabets (1990). His checklist of 56 titles includes A for ‘Ackney, published by Lenthall Road Workshop in 1984, and an ABC fundraiser for Aids, Aiding and Abetting (1991), edited by John Byrne, with illustrations by 26 artists, hand-coloured at pounds 115. Hockney’s Alphabet (1991), with the artist’s letters accompanied by text from 26 authors, is also still selling, at pounds 175. Hardly books for kids.
I Don’t Know Where You Will Find One
But I hope this helps
I need your help for an article I am researching. Can you get in touch? Thanks Polly Botsford
Hi Polly. You can email at the address in the last paragraph above.
sorry this reads like a circular (cos it is!) but i thought you may have some stuff relevant to the exhibition? let me know if so. ive got the hcda stuff you want – feel free to hassle me for it at the email below
Blue House at Sutton House – can you help?.
The National Trust is planning an exhibition at Sutton House (squatted as the Blue House in 1985-6) in November-December 2015 called ‘The Human Quest for Home’. Part of the exhibition will be about the Blue House.
If you lived there, visited, played etc and have any photos or flyers or other relevant bits and pieces, or if you would be willing to be interviewed for the exhibition about the House and squatting in Hackney at the time, please contact me: email@example.com or post here.
Photos etc can be scanned and returned, interviews will be audio only and can be anonymous if you want. The exhibition will include restoring one room as a squatted bedroom, so anything relevant to that you can lend would be great.
This is a chance to present a positive story about squatting (which led to the house being restored by the NT and opened to the public) to schoolkids and others for whom this is all ancient history, so if you have anything to offer please get in touch. Cheers, Chas from flowers in the dustbin (ps we’re playing there on 14 November as part of the exhibition – see our page for details)
Hi Chas, looks good to me – I will repost on the main blog and get in touch soon!
Hi there, I am Ashton Gibson son – Alex, I’ll be quite happy to meet up some time to discuss Caribbean House and anything to do with Dr Ashton Gibson
I work at the Black Cultural Archives and would like to speak to you about Caribbean House and your father’s impact.
Could we get in contact?
I have a lot of stuff on HCDA that should be uploaded, including some of the wanted items.
hi been looking for graham smith
Hi Michael – you should be able to get hold of him at the University of Manchester.
On behalf of the Revolutionary History journal I am looking for any reminiscences of two very long serving Trotskyists who were associated with Hackney.
1. Walter Nardell, party name Walter Graham, Expelled from Hackney Communist Party for Trotskyism in 1934. died March 2004, probably still in Hackney.
2. Eileen Gersh nee Sutton, also one of the very first Trotskyists in Britain, from 1933 on. Went to USA 1938, where she was active in the (US) SWP and later the Fourth Internationalist Tendency. Returned to UK early 80s and lived in Hackney until her death 1998. Active in Socialist Outlook, thereafter Socialist Action.
I am part of a research project undertaken by the EastEnd Womens
Museum. I’m trying to gather information for an exhibition about
Hackney Women’s Aid Hostel that was opened in 1973 and it was part of
the National Women’s Aid Federation alongside Chiswick Refuge Centre.
Is there any chance that you might have some information on your
records about the Hackney Women’s Aid Hostel? Many thanks.
I am looking forward to hear from you.
With best wishes;
Hi Noella. That sounds like a good project. There is a reference to Hackney Womens Aid in one of the issues of Hackney Peoples Press here. I will try to scan the full article in for you and email it. You might also want to go to Hackney Archives and have a look through their copies of HPP and see what else they have.
Sorry link to the piece I mentioned https://hackneyhistory.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/hackney-peoples-press-1975-hackney-mental-patients-union/
Thank you so much, ackneyinnit! I appreciate you taking the time to scan and send the article. Definitively I will do that!
With best wishes
This is a great website. I was looking for the estate where they filmed the movie “For Queen and Country” and I discovered this. Keep it up! I’m an Aboriginal Australian and think its great! Barry.
Hello John – spent ages going through your blog. What a veritable treasure trove of local history! Every borough should at least one such blog that documents radical/left local history.
Not sure the African History Month UK Network Conference at Unite The Union in Holborn on Nov 18 is radical. However, if you’re up for joining us, just let me know by contacting me via the contact the organiser link at http://www.bitly.com/AHMUKNConf
Hi I was on the estate when this happened as one of my mums friends squatted there.i remember a fog horn going off and us getting on the roof and started throwing roof tiles with my brother at the Police(not good I know) and Jumping up and down on an overturned Skip. I was 17 at the time.
Dear “The Radical History of Hackney”,
Can I just say what a brilliant job you do in raising awareness on so many under-represented aspects of Hackney’s history and diverse shared histories. We often refer researchers at Hackney Archives to your website for allied material and truly significant insights. Keep up the great work!
Joanne (Manager of Hackney Archives)
Thanks Joanne! I’m a big fan of the archives and staff – I just wish I had more time to get there… 🙂
We would very much like to be able to use this photograph taken in 1899 of Suffragettes outside Stoke Newington Station in the book we plan to publish in May this year to be called “The Streets of London- The Booth Notebooks – East”.
Do you know how we could get permission ti use it?
Hello, great site.
I’m making a documentary film about Hoxton, collaborating with the Museum of London.
You have posted a video of racist Derrick Day, writing: “Here’s a video of him climbing out of a his Hoxton flat window in order to be racist to a cameraman, with Johnny Rotten doing disparaging commentary”:
and linking to Youtube:
I wonder if you can help me find the video’s source, so i can ask permission to use the clip in my film?
Thanks for your assistance,
Hi Zed. I believe that is from the punk film “The Filth and the Fury” from 2000 directed by Julien Temple. Obviously taken from somewhere else though. Presumably credited in the credits.
A quick google suggests it may be from a 1977 Panorama programme on Hoxton NF.
PS. John, I’d love to know where you found the Panorama link…? I’ve Googled: “1977 Panorama film about the National Front in Hoxton” and come up with nothing…
Can you share what you found that indicated it may be from a panorama programe?
Hi Zed. On the kill your pet puppy site – a comment under their entry on the 4skins of April 23 2008. So maybe not reliable but a lead….
That’s Derek Day, National Front, lived in Hoxton. Nasty man.
More on him soonish!
Hi John, thanks for your reply and the info, really helpful and appreciated!
thanks John, i’ll search that!
Anyone have any information on the Kingsland road flasher in the mid 80’s
I’m looking for people who have memories/experiences of Hackney in the 1980s to be interviewed for my undergraduate history dissertation at the University of Exeter. The project connects race, place and wider society by comparing Liverpool 8 and Hackney, in the 1980s. It’s really about why such a vibrant, diverse and progressive place has often been misrepresented in national politics and the media. I am interested in some of the local, community organisations, especially anti-racism campaigns. I’m also interested in examining Hackney Council in the 1980s and the role of the police in the community.
There is no ‘type’ of person I want to interview; anyone who has memories of 1980s Liverpool 8. It doesn’t matter if you weren’t part of any community groups either.
If there’s a chance anyone might be able to help me out, I am doing interviews from now until 21st April- they can be as long or as short as you would like and the ones I have conducted so far have been chatty and informal. Also, a location as convenient for you.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Hi! I just stumbled across your website and think its fab! I was wondering if you’d be up for including a link to Freedom Press’s website in your links section? We publish a lot of radical authors/histories of East London! https://freedompress.org.uk/
Thank you for noticing the book A New World in Essex by Victor Gray.
Can anyone tell me where the photograph of Circle House on this site comes from? I’m about to publish a book and would like to use the photo, so need to get copyright permissions etc. Thanks
Hi Vivi. Yes it is from “Out of the Ghetto” by Joe Jacobs.
Hello my name is George and I’m starting a community heritage project on Hackney Wick, inviting local residents past and present and people connected with the area past and present to tell their stories, memories of the area itself, record memorabilia etc with the purpose of creating a community heritage archive for the area, small exhibition and school workshop for primary school children with local artists. It seems you have a lot of great material and could really help the project (which is totally volunteer run, no money involved), please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be a part of this!
Hello, my name is Brandan and I am a final year History student at the University of Oxford. I am writing my dissertation on youth clubs/ centres in Islington and Hackney throughout the 1970s-80s and came across your website. I wondered if anyone had come forward with any further details or information on Caribbean House, or if there are any contacts that you could provide me details of to reach out to. Any support would be greatly appreciated!
Please contact me via email at email@example.com if you would be able and willing to help.
And congratulations on everything you have done so far on the website by the way. This is an amazing resource!
Hi there I am making a documentary which includes an ex hackney former Labour London Borough Councillor Simon Parkes he was disqualified in 2000 or 1999 does anybody remember that name ? thanks kevin firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I just wanted to congratulate all involved in this site. The breadth and depth of information is exceptional and makes a real contribution to a ‘peoples/public’ history of Hackney. There’s clearly an honest commitment to unearthing and sharing the history and experiences of the area. I’m new to working in the area and would really appreciate any opportunity to get involved in some way (however small that might be) that supports the continuation of this site. If there’s anything I might be able to help with please feel free to get back to me. Keep up the incredible work.
Thanks Ricky that’s lovely to hear! There are some very unorganised and loose plans for some low key events, so that might be an opportunity to get involved. The site itself just ticks along really 🙂
Hi! Thank you for an interesting site. For 25 years ago I stayed with some spanish punkrockers at Darnley road 66, a three floor high squat. Do you know any history about that squat? I´m going to London next week and searching for information.
Hey Mickan – glad you found it useful! I’ll ask around about Darnley Road. If you are here on Sunday 9th October we are doing a radical history walk starting from the town hall at 2pm. Should be a good few ex-squatters at that!
Morning. my name is Bo, I’m writing my PhD on refugee resettlement in Hackney, and the different community organisations involved in this. I’d be really keen to talk to you at some point about the history of Hackney if you could spare any time. Could you let me know an email address I could write to to explain the project more fully and introduce myself properly? Thanks very much!
Myself and some colleagues are writing a play about Sarah Wesker, the trade union activist from the east end and I was wondering if you had any information/articles on her as there is so little out there! Anything would be helpful
Alas not, but she sounds great so do keep me posted and I will let you know if anything turns up.
We have Hackney Heckler no 20, as well as some other Hackney tings. In process of moving but should be able to scan for you after xmas
^^^^^^^ No 10 that should have said
That would be amazing – I’ll drop you an email. 🙂
Hello! We are preparing an exhibition on the topic of care work in art and would be more than happy to get in touch and learn about your work! I would be grateful, if you could contact me via mail.
All best Linda
Hi Linda – drop me a line at email@example.com and we can talk maybe?