The Bruce Castle Museum and Archive will be closed on Monday 19 February for important electrical and maintenance works. Staff will not be on site so telephone calls and emails will not be monitored. Normal working hours will resume on Tuesday 20 February.
- Free family art and craft activities
- Little Explorers storytime craft
- Special Events
- Reminiscence Café
- Get involved - Other Local Heritage Groups
Drop-in Sundays (and school holidays) 2pm to 4pm - free!
All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.
- Sessions are delivered by a facilitator
- Suitable for children 5-13 years
Programme of activities
All activities kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Budget funding.
January - February 2018
Fantastical Firebirds and Dazzling Dragons
|FEBRUARY HALF TERM SCHOOL HOLIDAYS|
Sunday 11 February, 2-4pm
|Dragon Ships - Hear the story of the Viking boat found on the Tottenham Marshes and use clay to sculpt a ship complete with a dragon’s figurehead.|
Wednesday 14 February, 2-4pm
|Out of the Ashes - See the fabulous Phoenix costume creation in our Carnival exhibition and make your own outfit of feathers and flames.|
Thursday 15 February, 2-4pm
|Fire Breathing Dragons - Discover the Chinese dragon head costume on display and get ready for Chinese New Year by creating your own egg box dragon.|
Sunday 18 February, 2-4pm
|Mythical Masks - Take inspiration from our Carnival exhibition and design your own fantastical creature.|
Sunday 25 February, 2-4pm
|Dragon Ships - Hear the story of the Viking boat found on the Tottenham Marshes and use clay to sculpt a ship complete with dragon’s head.|
In March - Investigate! Science Explorers
Bruce Castle Museum is located in a magnificent 16th century historic building, within the beautiful Bruce Castle Park. If you want to explore the building and the park with children, there are additional free educational resources you can use in and around the Museum - from Tudor dressing up clothes, items that show you how people did their washing in the past and various fun activity and colouring-in sheets.
If you would like to discover even more about Bruce Castle - both inside and out - you can purchase from the Museum Reception Desk the special 'Mystery Manor Trail' sticker book (£1). In this fun and colourful little booklet you can follow Wilbur and Willow the Wyverns (the Museum mascots) as they help you to explore the building.
Or you can pick up the free Bruce Castle Tree Trail leaflet to look for trees around the park.
Free storytelling and drop-in art activities for little ones from 2 to 6 years old.
Please note our new times below.
Saturday 24 February, 2-4pm (drop-in)
|Dragons, Knights and Castle - Join us in February for even more dragon related storytelling - and make a round tower.|
Saturday 24 March, 2-4pm (drop-in)
|Hungry Caterpillars – Hear a range of stories about plants and flowers and create a beautiful butterfly to sit on a leaf.|
Coming up in April
Who's hiding? - Come along and help us search for Maisy Mouse and make a mask to disguise yourself.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.
Haringey Local History Fair 2018
- Saturday 17 February 2018, 11am-4.30pm
Discover more about Haringey’s history and community heritage at our annual Haringey Local History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive.
You can visit the Archive Search Room and talk to Archive Staff, enjoy our all-day talks programme or browse stalls from local organisations showcasing our area's heritage and culture - a chance to network and get involved. All welcome.
The Old Kitchen will also have a café for teas, coffee and cake all day.
11.15am "Bringing Back the Kiln" by Harvey Sheldon (Archaeologist - Birkbeck University). Find out more about newly-formed FoHRK (Friends of the Highgate Roman Kiln) and the journeys, histories and future of one of the Roman Kilns discovered in Highgate Wood in 1968.
11.50am "The Bashful Man: The Story of Henry Hunnings - Clergyman and Inventor from Tottenham" by Alan Swain (local history author), who reveals how a printer and photographer in Tottenham became a pioneer working on voice transmitters in telephones.
12.25pm "Places in Tottenham" - Adjoa Wiredu (Photo-journalist of the Marigold Road blog (external link) and local resident), shares her inspiration for her current photographic-journal exhibition at Bruce Castle showing everyday life and views of Tottenham.
A slideshow and film will be running during the break:
"Moshe Galili (1930-2017): A Tribute in Pictures" - a special slideshow to reflect on the art, work and life of Moshe 'Bandi' Galili - artist and Holocaust survivor, and past resident of Haringey.
2pm "Saving the Gestetner Duplicating Arts: a Revolution Made in Tottenham”, an artist from Alt Går Bra (external link) discusses creating an exhibition about Tottenham's Gestetner factory, its world-famous stencil duplicator and its printing legacy. Do come and exchange your stories and memories on using these machines.
2.35pm “Restoring the St Paul's Fountain at Priory Park” by Angela Elliott, Friends of Priory Park (external link). The Friends share their work, passion and vision for getting the magnificent Grade II fountain – originally from St Paul’s Cathedral – back into working order.
3.10-3.30pm tea break
3.35pm – “Hands-on History along the High Road”– a round-up of a year working and volunteering in heritage, by the North Tottenham Heritage project (external link).
4.05pm – “A Voice for Women: 1918 and Getting the Vote for (some) Women” Deborah Hedgecock (Curator, Bruce Castle Museum) draws on the stories so far uncovered by different researchers in Haringey of women’s suffrage and campaigning for votes for women from around the area.
Please note: talks are sometimes subject to change.
Join us for our monthly reminiscence sessions for older people – just come along, enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.
Facilitated by local historian Christine Protz, author of 'Tottenham, A History'.
Have you voted?
- Tuesday 20 February, 2 – 4pm
100 years ago in 1918, women over 30 finally got the vote after many years of active campaigning. Since then voting has been extended to include all citizens over 18. For some, voting is very important and we loyally go to the polls, whilst others are not so sure. Do you remember the first time you voted? Do you have any memories of your parents voting or anyone in your family engaging in elections? What about going to meetings in church halls to listen to the candidates? Before you could vote, did you talk about elections in your family or read the newspapers?
Roll out the Barrel
- Tuesday 20 March, 2 – 4pm
The once ubiquitous pub is fast disappearing from our streets. It used to be the centre of our social life - whether meeting friends over a quiet drink or enjoying a more rousing night out, with music and song. The pub would be our first choice – only choice, sometimes. Pubs have changed over time, offering bar food and restaurants, outdoor spaces, facilities for children and pub quizzes. But there has been increasing competition from coffee bars, discos and nightclubs - and the pubs are still disappearing although some like Tottenham local, the Antwerp Arms, is surviving through a community buy out. So let us remember the pub: your first visit (and how old were you?), if you have a memorable occasion or meeting, or a favourite pub. Did you go with family or friends, for the music or chat? Let’s hear it for the pub.
Sweets and other delightful tastes
- Tuesday 24 April, 2 – 4pm
Taste, touch, sounds and smells all evoke strong memories from our childhood - so let us now explore those days through taste. Those early years of sugar and sweet rationing made sweets and chocolate a rare delight at Christmas or once a week at the weekend. Who remembers the home-made sweet shop in Seven Sisters Road, where we had to provide packs of rationed sugar before we could buy our sweets? Do you have memories of your mum’s cooking and baking, or, less desirable perhaps, school dinners? The best of tastes, the worst of tastes: let’s share them all.
The Friends of Bruce Castle
Founded in 1995, the Friends of Bruce Castle (FoBC) is the support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Park. The Friends are an invaluable help to the Museum and Archive Service. Over the past 20 years the Friends have actively supported through volunteering at events, raising funds to make educational and learning activities possible at Bruce Castle, as well as providing financial assistance to buy important historical acquisitions for the archive and museum collections.
Notable projects in partnership with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive include the conservation of the 1686 painting of Bruce Castle by Wolridge, the acquisition of photographs of Nelson Mandela visiting Muswell Hill and the preservation of 18th century samplers and textiles. The Family Activities programme each Sunday and during the school holidays and the Little Explorers' monthly workshops, would not be possible without the Friends' support and volunteer help. The Museum's evening and lunchtime talks programme is also run in partnership with the Friends.
To find out more about how you can support your local museum and archive at Bruce Castle and get involved by being a Friend, see the Friends of Bruce Castle website (external link). The Friends also have their own Facebook page (external link).
To contact the Friends directly, email: email@example.com Membership forms are available from the Reception Desk at Bruce Castle Museum.
Other local voluntary cultural, heritage and art groups
There are a significant number of voluntary local cultural, heritage and art groups in Haringey, in addition to the Friends of Bruce Castle.
Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive work with a wide range of community groups each year.
The following list of voluntary culture, heritage and art groups are just a small selection of what goes on in Haringey. These groups regularly participate with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive, especially at the annual Haringey Local History Fair, and in providing talks and supporting events at Bruce Castle.
Follow the web links below to find out what they do and how you can get involved.
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