Open House Festival

Dalston C.L.R. James Library & Hackney Archives

public realm/landscape, community/cultural, library

Earle Architects, 2011

Dalston Square, Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

4-storey multi-purpose, state of the art library and archives building.

Getting there


Dalston Junction


30, 38, 56, 242, 277




Open House 2023 Searchroom to Strongroom plus tour

In this live talk and tour around the searchroom and explore what's in our collections. We will show you how to explore Hackney's past and present.

This guided session is perfect for absolute beginners, for those who have never used archives or local history library services before.

There will be an opportunity to see some newly archived collections, with a show and tell from our volunteers.

Tour and Talk with Etienne Joseph

For this London Open City tour and talk, visitors will explore our research space and archive stores and learn more about the history of Dalston as a site of work, recreation and resistance for African-Caribbean people


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