- 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.
Last entry to session at 3.30pm. Activity Room closes at 4pm.
All activities are provided for free for families, with thanks to the fundraising of the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Budget funding.
- Sessions are delivered by a facilitator
- Suitable for children 5-13 years
- All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised.
- No adult admitted without an accompanying child
Programme of activities
|Half Term School Holidays||Bugs and Beasties|
|Sunday 27 May, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Handprint Butterflies - Get hands-on with paint and learn how to print your own colourful butterflies.
|Wednesday 30 May, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Stained Glass Bugs - Come along, get crafty and paint a stained glass bug.
|Thursday 31 May, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Bookworms - Discover what bugs and which beasties like to eat paper! Join us on London History Day to see historical books and handwritten diaries on display, dress up in costume, and then head to our Activity Room to sculpt a bookworm out of clay.
|Sunday 3 June, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Insect Masks - Delve into the fascinating world of insects and turn yourself into your favourite species.
|Sunday 10 June, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Little Legs - How many legs does a centipede have? Make a many-legged centipede craft.
|Sunday 17 June, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Bugs and Beasties - Use recycled materials to make an ant or colourful caterpillar.
|Sunday 24 June, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Lovely Ladybirds - Discover why ladybirds are red and black and create your very own out of recycled materials.
|Sunday 1 July, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Creepy Creatures - Design your own mini creepy creatures from mixed materials.
|Sunday 8 July, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Handprint Butterflies - Paint and print some beautiful coloured butterflies.
|Sunday 15 July, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Snail’s Pace - Design a colourful snail with a 3D spiral shell using card and string.
|Sunday 22 July, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Insect Mask - Find out fascinating facts about insects and make your own insect mask.
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.
Brand new free activities for little ones under 6 years old.
Saturday 16 June
Explore our galleries and share a story as a family, between 2-4pm.
At 2.15pm - find out some fascinating facts about insects and join us for some creepy crawly stories and crafts!
Repeated at 3.15pm.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.
All activities supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Funding
Celebrate the Windrush Generation: a medley of songs and stories from Jamaican folklore
- Sunday 24 June, 1.30-4pm
In celebration of Windrush Day 2018, join Tottenham resident John McAnuff for a gentle afternoon of acoustic music and children's stories from Jamaica. Arriving in London in 1958, John is proud to be counted as one of the Windrush Generation. An award-winning NIACE Adult Learner in 2008, for Adult Learner's Month this June, John will also share his love of learning the Jamaican language through song. His award was in recognition of his help in developing a new course on Jamaican language and culture, bringing together his two passions of lifelong learning and preserving the language of his native Jamaica.
Location: Old Kitchen.
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'.
- Tuesday 19 June, 2-4pm
We have so many products today to get our house and its contents spotless. Some may wonder whether these chemicals are doing us any good; are there alternatives? Our parents – or ourselves a few years ago – didn’t use Mr Muscle to vanquish dirt and grime, Windolene on the windows or Pledge to polish dusty surfaces. Let’s face it, there was plenty of dust and dirt around in the days of coal fires. Have you any suggestions from the past for non-commercial ways to clean, wash and polish? Do you remember any of the old products that helped with the cleaning? Do any of you have an old tin or carton hidden away in a cupboard for us to see?
Mind your Manners
- Tuesday 24 July, 2-4pm
Do you think the manners of people today have deteriorated over recent decades? Is more informality a better way to relate to others? Does anything go, or is it better to abide by some common rules of behaviour? In the past there were set ways of dressing for different occasions. We had particular rules too as to how we addressed others (verbally and in writing); our table manners were prescribed; and we had all sorts of etiquettes for eating out (including who pays). What manners were you taught when young? Have they stayed with you? What rules should we still stick with today for courteous relationships with each other?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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