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 14th November 9-6pm
    Silverware with Dr Helen Clifford

    An expert on church silverware, Dr Helen Clifford, will be visiting Hackney Church in the autumn to identify and clean our church plate, and to provide training to volunteers on this. More information to follow.

  • Friday 29th November 1-3pm
    Hackney Multi-cultural Heritage Workshop

    Join us as we learn about the fascinating stories of people who have moved to Hackney and made it their home.

    Discover this diverse and changing history at the Hackney Museum.

    Spaces are limited, 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!