Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967-2017

Laurie Elks | The Hackney Society

Hackney is one of the capital’s most radically changed boroughs over the past 50 years. In 1967 the area was one of the poorest in London, the home of both light industry and much inadequate housing, the population was largely working-class. Hackney also boasts some of London’s historic buildings, which is why Sir John Betjeman was persuaded to become the Hackney Society’s first president.

Today the area is considered to be a cool, hip, smart place to live and work, with an easy access to the City. It is also home to a wide variety of cultures, from all around the world. Some of the area’s historic buildings and open spaces have survived, although some have not, despite campaigns to try and save them. Despite the cultural changes in the area, in some ways the place is very much still the same as it was 50 years ago.

This book features fifty commissioned works from a range of authors who have drawn on their own experiences and expertise. Covering subject from social issues such as housing, regeneration and education, to the cultural, with the decline of dog racing, the Centerprise opening and the flourishing theatres as exemplified by the Arcola and the Hackney Empire, as well as covering the darker side of the borough.

  • W 20   H 21 cm
  • 240 pp

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