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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that local historians Ken Worpole and Margaret Willes will be giving a talk - titled Portrait of a Community, Hackney's Post-War History: Battles Fought, Battles Won and Battles Lost - at the shop on Wednesday 29 November at 7 p.m.

The talk coincides with the publication of Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017, a new collection of writings celebrating 50 years of The Hackney Society. Copies of the book will be available at the event.

Tickets are £5 (includes glass of wine).

For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email:

For more information about the book please see below.


Hackney, Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017
edited by Laurie Elks

About the book (from the publisher):

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Hackney Society, we have produced a portrait of the community over the past half century. One portrait? What has emerged is a whole series of portraits which, like a kaleidoscope, makes up a whole.

Hackney is one of the London boroughs that has changed most radically over the past fifty years. In 1967 it was one of the poorest areas of the capital, the home of a combination of light industry and much inadequate housing, with a largely working-class population. But Hackney could also boast some of the fine historic buildings of London, which is why Sir John Betjeman was persuaded to become the Society's first President.

Today, the picture is very different. Hackney is regarded as cool, hip, the smart place to live and work, with easy access to the City. It is also home to many cultures from every part of the world. Some of its historic buildings and open spaces have survived, though not all, despite campaigns to try to save them. And the picture is complex. As one longtime Hackney resident has pointed out, in some ways the place is very much the same as it was fifty years ago, but for some, it remains an area of deprivation and violence.

Fifty pieces have been commissioned from a whole range of authors, who have drawn on their own experiences and expertise. The subjects covered range from social issues such as housing, the question of 'regeneration' and education, to the cultural, with the demise of dog racing, the opening of Centerprise and the flourishing of the theatre as exemplified by the Arcola and the Hackney Empire. The darker side is not glossed over, with a piece on the death of Colin Roach by Duncan Campbell, and the riots of 2011, written by Hackney MP, Meg Hillier.

For further information, please visit The Hackney Society.


Ken Worpole is a writer and social historian, whose work includes many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. He is married to photographer Larraine Worpole with whom he has collaborated on book projects internationally, as well as in Hackney, London, where they have lived and worked since 1969.

His principal interests concern the planning and design of new landscapes and public institutions, whether parks, playgrounds, libraries - as well as in townscape renewal and new urban green networks - and learning the lessons of 20th century urban democracy and the rise of the environmental movement.

Margaret Willes, formerly publisher at the National Trust, is the author of several books, including Reading Matters, The Gardens of the British Working Class, A Shakespearean Botanical and, most recently, The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. She lives in Hackney and is a trustee of the Hackney Society.

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