The Restoration project at Hackney Church, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will increase access to this much loved community heritage asset for many generations to come. To help make this happen, we are delivering a three-year Activity Plan, inviting people in from across Hackney and beyond to encounter our history and heritage, to learn new skills and to form community. This page provides more information about what’s coming up, and some of the projects being delivered in the coming months and years.

For more information on our programme of activities, get in touch with a member of the team:


Coming up

Hackney Church is delivering a three-year Activity Plan, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Below you can find more information about what’s coming up. All events and activities are free of charge.

  • Thursday 4th July 7-9pm
    Reminiscence - Community Meal

    Join us in June for a community meal, where all are welcome to come and share their memories of Hackney and Hackney Church. Bring along anything you think might help us tell the story. We have twenty-five places available. First come first served.

    Email to book your place

  • Saturday 12th October 2-4pm
    Community visit to Hackney Archives

    Hackney Church has been around since at least 1275 – that’s a big story to tell. We are visiting Hackney Archives on Saturday 12th October to unearth some of this amazing story. We have ten spaces available. First come first served. ⠀

    Email to book your place

Interpretation Plan

Hackney Church’s National Lottery Heritage Fund grant includes the delivery of an Interpretation Plan, which will help to increase public access to the church’s history, heritage and community. The Plan is being delivered by a consortium  of East London-based designers, led by event production agency Family Ltd, and including design consultancy OMSE and EBBA Architects. Amongst other things, the plan will include new signage in the churchyard, films, welcome boards and much more. More information will follow in the coming months.

Community archive

St John at Hackney has begun work on creating a digital Community Archive. The archive will document the history of the church from 1275 to the present day using photographs, documents, plans, artworks and memorabilia.

We would love the help of our local community to gather material together. If you have anything special relating to St John at Hackney and the surrounding area that you think might helps tell the story, email

We have already received two parish magazines from the 1930s to help get us going!