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

Clissold Arms painted by Charles Henry Holman

Ray Davies ©Lyndon Hayes

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

  • Saturday 2 August
  • 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

Social Media Conversations

exhibition flyer

29 May - 20 July 2014
Mixed media work by local artist Wendy Charlton - download the Social Media Conversation exhibition information (PDF, 100KB)
Location: Old Kitchen

The Molly Spoon Archive

Molly 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.
Come and make your own Molly Spoon at our fun workshops!

Edwardian Haringey - Winds of Change

Until August 2014

view of Tottenham 1905

A look at our borough in the years preceding the Great War
Location: Coleraine Gallery


3 September - 21 December 2014

Street OPeratives 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
Coleraine 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 (except the Teddy Bears' Picnic, which is for age 2 upwards!)

Sunday 27 JulyCreative Castles:
Design your own version of Bruce Castle using recycled materials, paints and pens.
Summer HolidaysSummer Activities 2014 (PDF, 1KB) See what's on offer!
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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
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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!

Join us at our Molly Spoon making workshops here at at Bruce Castle Museum.

Molly Spoon partners©SHARE Academy

See Ida Barr climb the Bruce Castle Museum Stair-lift to Heaven (external link).
Location: East Wing Gallery

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Little Explorers - Storytime Craft

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little explorer

All events: 10am-11amActivities for children 2 to 4 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult
Saturday 2 AugustRapunzel
Visit our Round Tower and build your own tall tower
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

Natural History in the Cemetery

Tottenham Cemetery

Monday 28 July 2014
Walk begins at 12.15pm

A walk and talk with local internationally renowned photographer and naturalist David Cottridge (external link) of The Friends of Tottenham Marshes. Meet at Bruce Castle Museum at 12noon. Refreshments available.

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

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Hear Here! Evening talks

London’s Lea Valley and the Great War

Jim Lewis book cover

Wednesday 30 July: 7.30pm

Local historian and lecturer Jim Lewis brings together for the first time many little-known stories of how science and the innovative technological local industry along the Lea Valley made such a huge contribution to the outcome of the First World War.
Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available.
Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle
Location: Lecture Hall ground floor

Evening talks take place every month except August and December.

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