A Hackney Autobiography

From December 2014 until the end of April 2017, A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise is recording and remembering Centerprise’s work by recording oral history interviews, gathering a permanent archive about Centerprise and running free workshops and events. Read the latest news on the project’s blog.

Centerprise was a groundbreaking community centre in Hackney that opened in 1971 and closed in 2012. It hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, creche and more all under one roof in Dalston. It was not only a place to buy books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history.

In April 2017 we will launch a mobile app, website and free oral history book. Please contact us for more information or to order a copy of the forthcoming history of Centerprise: The Lime Green Mystery: An oral history of the Centerprise co-operative. 

A Hackney Autobiography is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.