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

Please note - due to prior bookings the exhibition will not be open on the following 3 dates:

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 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.

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.
Private view: Saturday 27 September 4pm - 6pm

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
Tel: 020 8808 8772
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 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

Half TermTopic
Sunday 26 OctoberEgyptian adornment
Find out about Egyptian costume and make you own Egyptian headdress.
Wednesday 29 OctoberHands on Hieroglyphics
Learn about the alphabet of the Egyptians and use hieroglyphics to write your name.
Thursday 30 OctoberThe Pharaoh’s tomb
Explore the lives of the Ancient Egyptians and make an Egyptian Pyramid to house a mummy.
Friday 31 OctoberMessy mummies
Discover the history of the Egyptian mummies and mould a mummy out of clay.
Sunday 2 NovemberAnimal adornment
Explore the importance of animals in Egyptian history and clothing and make your own animal headdress.
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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
  • Up to 20 people at a time @£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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Reminiscence Café at the Castle

Share your memories with us over a cup of tea

Location: Old Kitchen ground floor


Tuesday 18 November
Plays, 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

Have Yourself a Merry Little Vintage and Designers' Fair at The Castle

Saturday 22 November
10.30am - 4.30pm

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Glorious vintage and collectibles, clothes and hand-made gifts. Grab an early and unique gift for Christmas!
Our Vintage Café will be open.

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

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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 1 November 2014
Elmer and the Lost Teddy
Explore the story of Elmer! Find the lost teddies in the museum and make your own colourful teddy picture.
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Munch and Listen lunchtime talks

Film: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

Monday 27 October 2014

Poster image - A Night at the Cinema in 1914

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 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

Black Poppies

Wednesday 29 October

Black Poppies book cover

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.

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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