Bruce Castle Museum

Admission is free for all events, unless specified.

Opening hours

  • Museum
    Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm
    • Visiting groups including schools may book to visit at other times
  • Local History Archives Search-room
    Wednesday and (alternate) Saturdays 1pm - 5pm
    Thursday and Friday 9.30am - 5pm
    • It is advisable to book an appointment as we may not otherwise be able to accommodate your visit
  • Please note: the Museum and Archives are always closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and the summer Bank Holidays
  • Find us on the Map (external link)


"See My Friends" - Ray Davies: The Kinks, Konk and Kin

Ray Davies at Bruce Castle Museum 2014. Copyright Rehan Jamil

Until 21 December 2014

Celebrating the fifty year career of local legendary songwriter Ray Davies, from The Kinks to his extensive work as a solo artist. Ray Davies grew up in Muswell Hill and still lives nearby in North London.

Please note - due to prior bookings the exhibition will not be open on the following day:

  • Thursday 4 December - Schools Event

Haringey Music Service warmly thanks Ray Davies for coming to Bruce Castle Museum on Saturday 19 July 2014 (external link) to judge songs written and performed live by the young people from our Haringey Schools

Bruce Castle Museum would like to thank the Official Kinks Fan Club(external link) for joining us in celebrating the career of Ray Davies on Saturday 15 November 2014.

Sunny Afternoon publicity flyer
At the Harold Pinter Theatre in the London's West End, Sunny Afternoon the Musical (external link) has been extended until May 2015
Location: Compton Gallery

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3 September-21 December 2014

Landfill by Elisabeth Bond

A series of fine wood-cut prints exploring our local municipal waste heritage by dramatist-turned-visual artist Elisabeth Bond (external link). The artist is based at Euroart Studios.

Supported by Arts Council England

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Location: Coleraine Gallery

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Local Reflections: Nelson Mandela and the Haringey Anti-Apartheid Movement

1 October - 21 December 2014

Amandhla by Nicola Green

Artefacts, documents and photographs from the Haringey community. With an opportunity to offer your personal story/experience of Nelson Mandela.
Location: East Wing Gallery.

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People’s War: Haringey 1914-1918

Ted Pulleyn of Turnpike Lane and army friends c1916

5 November 2014 - 29 March 2015

Marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The war claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and changed the world for everyone. Today we can still make connections to the tragic events of the First World War through our own family history, the heritage of our communities locally or in other countries. The war affected the families and friends of the residents of Haringey in different ways, from the home front to the front-line in this country and abroad.

If you have your own memorabilia and stories please get in touch with us and contribute to this exhibition. You may have a cherished photograph of a relative, a medal, or an identity card; you may have a typed-up story from the war period, including the peace celebrations in 1919. We should like to add the stories and items to this exhibition, alongside the objects and records from the historic collections at Bruce Castle Museum and Archives.

If you have a story or objects and photographs to share, then please contact Bruce Castle Museum:

The above photograph shows Sergeant Edward Pulleyn from Turnpike Lane, (seated second from the right) who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in 1915. He was later killed in 1917, aged 27.
Location: Old Kitchen

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Free family art and craft activities

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Drop-in Sundays - 2pm to 4pm and school holidays (dates will be provided below near to each holiday).

All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.

Suitable for children 5-13 years

Christmas timeat Bruce Castle Museum
Sunday 30 NovemberChristmas Printing
Join us for a special workshop by artist Elisabeth Bond
Sunday 7 DecemberDazzling Decorations
Come along and make your own Christmas decorations. Then help us to decorate the Bruce Castle Christmas tree.
Sunday 14 DecemberWindow Wonder
Part of today's Tottenham Ploughman's Winterfest. Create your own stained glass Christmas window to hang up at home
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If Our Walls Could Talk - Guided Historical Tours of Bruce Castle

East Wing Staircase

If you're part of a community group or perhaps just a group of friends, why not book a tour of the magnificent Grade 1 listed Bruce Castle with one of the curators? See behind the scenes. Discover more about the history of the building and the fascinating people who lived here. You may be inspired to write about them, as one regular visitor has: The ghostly lady of Bruce Castle by Henry Jacobs (PDF, 170KB).

  • Booking required. Please note: the tour requires standing throughout for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Up to 20 people at a time at £5 per head including tea/coffee and biscuits Free for accompanied children under 5 (there is however a minimum charge of £50 for tours)
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Special Events


Remembering Nelson Mandela

Saturday 6 December
11am - 4pm
One year on from his death, a day to reflect upon Mandela's connections with Haringey.
This event accompanies our exhibition. Join us and record your own story.

Tottenham WinterFest
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Sunday 14 December
12noon - 5pm
It’s back! Celebrating all the best handmade crafts and food 'n drink from Tottenham.
Together with local crafts-folk, we have:

For more information contact:

Down Memory Lane: Christmas 1914 - 1918

Tuesday 16 December
Soldiers at Christmas 1914

2pm – 4pm
Join History On The Move(external link) for a flavour of Christmas during the Great War, and enjoy a mince pie and a cup of tea.
Location: Old Kitchen ground floor

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Little Explorers - Storytime Craft

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Little ExplorersActivities for children 2 to 4 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult
Saturday 6 December 2014
Mrs Honey's Hat
Hold on to your hats! Come and see how many people you can find wearing hats in the museum's pictures. Then decorate your own hat!
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Munch and Listen lunchtime talks

Kinks' Drummer Bob Henrit - Banging On!

Monday 24 November 2014

Bob Henrit

One time Kinks' drummer Bob Henrit recalls earlier days with Adam Faith, life with Argent in the 1970s, to working with Ray and Dave Davies from 1984 until the apparent end of The Kinks in 1996. Articulate and thoughtful, Bob will be signing copies of his book Banging On! (only cash transactions on this day).
Booking is not essential but if you have time to email us it would be great to know you are coming.

Doors open at 12noon for refreshments, served by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Location: Compton Gallery first floor

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Hear Here! Evening talks

A Bigger Picture

London Screen Archives

Wednesday 26 November

Join our partner Film London as they launch their new Heritage Lottery Funded project for the London Screen Archives Network (external link) with an evening of film from the archives about Haringey.

“How else can we instil pride in our great cities than by creating a film archive that shows how we have reached this point in history? To appreciate who we are, we must have an understanding of where we are from, and today’s home movie could well become tomorrow’s historical archive.”

Ray Davies CBE, Patron of London Screen Archives

Doors open at 7pm for refreshment. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

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Evening talks take place every month except August and December.

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