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

Free family art and craft activities

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Drop-in Sundays - 2pm to 4pm and school holidays. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.
No adult admitted without an accompanying child.

Suitable for children 5-13 years. All activities supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

16 April
Go Potty
Find out about planting and have a go at decorating your own plant pot
17 April
Crowning Glory
Get close to nature and create a floral crown decorated with flowers and glitter.
27 April
Flower Power
Create your ownfloral prints using a variety of stamps and recycled materials.
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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

Saving and Borrowing

Piggy Bank

Tuesday 15 April 2014
How did you save for your big purchase? Or did you did you borrow on Hire Purchase or through the Provident?
Tottenham had the first Penny Bank in the country to help poor people save to learn a trade, and Hornsey set up the first Credit Union where local residents could save and borrow, so we have a long history of thrift. What is your history? Come and join us for talk, tea and biscuits, and look at some of the photos and artefacts from Bruce Castle and anything interesting you want to bring along.
A time to share your thoughts and recollections over a cup of tea.
Location: Old Kitchen

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John Bonny - Rural Tottenham

Painting: Tottenham Mills by John Bonny

Until mid April 2014
A chance to see a selection of oil paintings from the museum’s collections by Tottenham artist John Bonny (1874-1948). Amongst his beautiful rural scenes of Edwardian Tottenham, are two recent museum acquisitions of watercolours by Bonny.
Location: Compton Gallery

The Molly Spoon Archive

Uncovering hidden Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) histories

Molly Spoons motif

From: 23 April 2014
What was a Molly Spoon? Explore the hidden histories of our LGBT 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.
A partnership project with University College London (UCL) and funded by SHARE Academy (Arts Counci).
Location: East Wing Gallery

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Special Events

Falconry: enjoy a day with birds of prey


Sunday 25 May 2014
From 1pm
We welcome back experts JRCS Falconry (external link) to demonstrate the skills of a falconer, with live birds of prey.
Our Tudor Tower is thought to have been built as a Hawks Mews for raising hunting birds.
Have your photograph taken with an eagle or an owl!

Molly Spoon make 'n do workshop

Molly Spoons motif

Wednesday 28 May 2014
To accompany the Molly Spoon Archive exhibition, join Timberlina to create your very own Molly Spoon and express your true identity. Enjoy tea with pensioner Ida Barr, our local celebrity hip-hop artiste.
Lunchtime talks take place every month except August and December.

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Munch and Listen lunchtime talks

The Story of Hornsey Wood House

engraving Hornsey Wood House

Monday 28 April 2014, 12.15pm
Told through Pictures by John Hinshelwood, of the Hornsey Historical society.
Museum doors open at 12noon. Refreshments available.
Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Lunchtime talks take place every month except August and December.

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Hear Here! Evening talks

For the Citizens of Tomorrow: Maternity & Child health in Haringey before the NHS

Maternity ward

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7.30pm
Local historian Christine Protz
Doors open 7pm.
Refreshments available. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

The Molly Spoon Archive

Molly Spoons motif

Wednesday 28 May 2014
A discussion with acclaimed local award-winning artist Sadie Lee.
7.30pm. Doors open for refreshments at 7pm
Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Evening talks take place take place every month except August and December.

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