Summer 2014: there is an extensive programme of activities running in Haringey for children and young people during the summer holidays.


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) Saturday 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 ©Lyndon Hayes

Clissold Arms painted by Charles Henry Holman

25 July - 21 December 2014
Except the following dates, when we shall be hosting wedding ceremonies in the gallery:

  • Saturday 30 August
  • Sunday 7 September
  • Saturday 25 October

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.

In addition to its main function as a recording studio, Konk in Crouch End also provides an unusual gallery space.

Haringey Music Service would like to thank Ray Davies for coming to Bruce Castle Museum on Saturday 19 July 2014 (external link) and listening to songs written and performed live by the young people from our Haringey Schools. His warm encouragement means a great deal.
Location: Compton Gallery

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Edwardian Haringey - Winds of Change

Until end of August 2014

view of Tottenham 1905

A look at our borough in the years preceding the Great War.

Location: Coleraine Gallery

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Social Media Conversations

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Until end September 2014
An exhibition of work by Wendy Charlton (external link) - artist based at Bruce Castle Museum.

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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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The Molly Spoon Archive

Molly Spoon of one of the Splinters performers in 1929Molly Spoons motif

Uncovering hidden Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTqi) histories
Until end of September 2014

What was a Molly Spoon? Explore the hidden histories of our LGBTqi communities. Look at artefacts, documents and photographs from Haringey’s LGBT campaigns of the past. Add your own personal memories and recollections by making your own Molly spoon. Take inspiration from the Molly Spoons on display, including 'Stir Gently' made especially for the archive by acclaimed award-winning local artist Sadie Lee (external link).

This is a partnership project with University College London (UCL) (external link) and funded by SHARE Academy (external link).

The Molly Spoon Archive was launched at Bruce Castle Museum on 28 May 2014. The event was attended by Ms Timberlina (external link), local celebrity hip-hop artiste pensioner Ida Barr (external link) and Dr. Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL.

Location: East Wing Gallery

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

1 October-21 December 2014

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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Free family art and craft activities

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Drop-in Sundays - 2pm to 4pm and school holidays (dates are 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

Summer Holidays - Summer Activities 2014 (PDF, 1KB) See what's on offer!

28 September 2014Cave Art: Look back at ancient cave paintings and try your hand at your own cave painting.
Suitable for 5yr-13 years.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
No adult admitted without an accompanying child. FREE
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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 people who lived here.

  • Booking required. Please note: the tour requires standing throughout for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Group tours of up to 20 people at a time
  • £5 per head including tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Free for accompanied children under 5
  • See also London Open House Weekend tours
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Reminiscence Café at the Castle

Share your memories with us over a cup of tea
2pm - 4pm

Location: Old Kitchen ground floor

16 September
Local Scenes by Local Artists
Haringey has a surprising number of local artists who have painted local views.
Join us to look at some local pictures and see what you recognise.
21 October
School Days – the best days of your life
Perhaps not all of us enjoyed school but it still stays in our memory.
Recollect with us and share your photos and other memorabilia.
Tuesday 18 NovemberPlays, Songs and Laughter
Unlike television or cinema, live theatre is about real engagement. We have pictures and playbills to help you remember! Bring along anything related you would like to show everyone.
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Special Events

Celebrate Future Queer Heritage: Create Your Very Own Molly Spoon!

Molly Spoon partners©SHARE Academy

  • Join us for our final Molly Spoon-making workshop on Wednesday 27 August. Our special guest will be Ida Barr (external link) 2pm-4pm
  • On Wednesday 24 September at 7.30pm we are screening Splinters - a comedy musical, made in 1929 featuring a couple of notable drag acts.

See Ida Barr climb the Bruce Castle Museum Stair-lift to Heaven (external link).

Location: East Wing Gallery

Open House London 2014

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Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, 1pm -5pm

Guided tours from 1.30pm both days every half-hour. Last tour 4pm.

Please note: there are quite a few stairs to climb on the tour.

Nearby All Hallows Church (external link) is open 2pm - 5pm on the Sunday.

Our café will be open for light refreshments.

Supported by The Friends of Bruce Castle.

Jazz Picnic

The Sunshine Kings

Tottenham Summer Festival 2014
Sunday 21 September
1.30pm – 4.30pm

Join us by the museum’s Tudor Tower and listen to The Sunshine Kings (external link) play music inspired by New Orleans Jazz and swing.
Bring a picnic!

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Little Explorers - Storytime Craft

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little explorer

Event dates - all events: 10am-11amActivities for children 2 to 4 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult
Saturday 6 SeptemberGoldilocks
Meet the three bears and their porridge pots
Saturday 4 OctoberThe Gruffalo
Take a walk in the woods and see if you can find a Gruffalo
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Munch and Listen lunchtime talks

The First World War Tottenham Home Front

WW1 Women Factory Workers in Tottenham

Monday 29 September 2014
12.15pm -1.15pm

Deborah Hedgecock, the Curator of Bruce Castle Museum leads an informative walk along our streets that harbour memories of war-time commitment, courage, fortitude and sacrifice.
Meet at the museum at 12noon for a cup of tea, before starting the walk.

Lunchtime talks take place every month except August and December. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Film: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

Poster image - A Night at the Cinema in 1914

Monday 27 October 2014
12.15pm -1.45pm
A new compilation of archival film from the British Film Institute (BFI)
“Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses nationwide offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. 100 years on, this special compilation from the BFI National Archive recreates the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914”  [BFI 2014]
The soundtrack music is by Stephen Horne (external link)

The film is 85mins in duration and screening will start promtly at 12.15pm.
Doors open at 12noon for refreshments, served by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Location: Lecture Hall ground floor.

Kinks' Drummer Bob Henrit - Banging On!

Monday 24 November 2014

Bob Henrit

Kinks' drummer Bob Henrit recalls earlier days with the Roulettes, top-billing with Argent in the 1970s, to working with Ray and Dave Davies for 12 years from 1984 until the apparent end of The Kinks in 1996. Articulate and thoughtful, Bob will also be selling and signing copies of his book Banging On!
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

Feature Film: Splinters (1929)

Splinters actor Nelson Keys

Wednesday 24 September

Musical comedy from 1929. Made eleven years after the end of the war, the film stars Nelson Waite Keys (picture above) and is based on the story of the founding of the Splinters concert party in 1915 in wartime France, by soldiers serving in the British Army on the Western Front.
The film is 82mins in duration and screening will start promtly at 7.30pm.
Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, served by the Friends of Bruce Castle.
Location: Lecture Hall ground floor

Black Poppies

Black Poppies book cover

Wednesday 24 October

Community historian and author of many successful black British history books, Stephen Bourne (external link) shares memories of his adopted Aunt Esther, a black Londoner born before WW1. His latest book Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War (The History Press, 2014) explores the military and civilian wartime experience of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. This event is also an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book directly from the author.

Talk starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm for refreshment. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Evening talks take place every month except August and December.

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