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    Lunch break at St Leonard's Hospital.

    Workers from Hackney Council's Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) stand outside Stoke Newington Town Hall. The DLO built council flats and carried out much needed repairs to council buildings. In 1988 it faced closure and the loss of 600 jobs as the government continued to privatise public services.

    Workers in one of Hackney's small manufacturing factories. Hackney's manufacturing industry provided much of the work in the borough. During the 1980s, a global recession, government privatisation of industry and a shift to move production outside of London, meant hundreds of workshops and small factories closed each year, leading to huge job losses.

    Bus conductor, 1985.

    The 'dole queue' at the Unemployment Benefit Office in Spurstowe Terrace, Hackney Downs. One in five adults in Hackney was unemployed in the mid-1980s.



    Rainbow Bakery is a family-run business. Inspired by their St. Lucian heritage, the family has been providing Hackney with traditional Caribbean dishes and baked goods for over 30 years. It remains one of the oldest standing shops in Dalston’s rapidly changing Kingsland Road.

    Photographic slides used by The Tape/Slide team. These slides would be projected onto a screen using a slide projector, to allow the photographs to be viewed by large audiences. Despite the rise of video tapes in the 1970s and 1980s, slide shows were easier to produce and offered a higher image quality. Camera, Tape-recorder and film equipment This equipment was used by The Tape/Slide team to capture and record what was happening in 1980s Hackney. Cameras Logbook of slides Tape recorder and microphone Film developing kit Courtesy of The Rio Cinema Archives

    A Mecca Bingo sign from Hackney Empire In the 1960s Hackney Empire became a bingo hall, before a successful community campaign led to the opening of the newly restored theater in 1988. Hackney Museum, 1988.4

    Members of The Tape/Slide team preparing slides in the basement of The Rio Cinema, so cinema goers could enjoy a few snapshots of local life before a movie.