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 building will be closed to the public from 22 December 2014 and will reopen on 2 January 2015
  • 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

After a very successful 6 months, the very last day will be Saturday 20 December 2014.

Location: Compton Gallery

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.

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.

We also thank Bob Henrit (external link) for a thoroughly entertaining talk on life as a top rock drummer, and for revealing something of how it was when working in The Kinks. It is all in his book Banging On!

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. Featuring the original cast from the Hampstead Theatre production earlier this year.

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Closes 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). These limited edition prints have been selling well. 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

Closes 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.

Beatrice Offor: a Tottenham Artist

3 January – 29 March 2015

Portrait of unknown woman in red

An exhibition of Beatrice Offor's beautiful late Victorian and Edwardian portraits from the collections at Bruce Castle Museum. Includes the first public showing of recently-restored paintings.

Location: Compton Gallery

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Our Good Fortune

Histories of Working Lives of the Chinese in Haringey
10 January - 5 July 2015

Miss Foo Chun Fung from Hong Kong with husband Corporal Partridge of Tottenham
Discover the life experiences of Chinese people in Haringey.
Information about the Chinese Workforce Heritage Project can be found at Ming-Ai (external link)
Ming-Ai was founded in 1992 to act as a bridge between the UK, China and Hong Kong, to bring about educational, cultural, social and economic exchanges. Their offices are in Haringey.

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People’s War: Haringey 1914-1918

Ted Pulleyn of Turnpike Lane and army friends c1916

3 January - 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. Activities start again in the New Year on 18 January 2015

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

Suitable for children 5-13 years

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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

Holocaust Memorial Day - Multi faith commemorative event

Sunday 25 January 2015

Haringey Holocaust Memorial Garden sculpture

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is “Keeping the Memory Alive”. Haringey Council has chosen to acknowledge the role the Albanian nation played in saving the lives of many Jews.
Before WW2 less than 200 Jews lived in Albania. By the end of the war 2,000 Jews were calling Albania home!

Reminiscence Café

What’s for Tea?

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Jam Tart

After a day at school or work, tea-time was something to look forward to. Maybe simple bread and dripping or jam or cake and biscuits! Was it all made at home or did you have fish and chips from the local chippy? It may have all depended on the day of the week and how much money there was to spare.

Location: Old Kitchen ground floor

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Little Explorers - Storytime Craft

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little explorer

Activities for children 2 to 4 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Little Explorers - Storytime CraftNew Programme coming in 2015
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Munch and Listen lunchtime talks

New programme begins January 2015. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Lunchtime talks take place every month except during August and December.

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Hear Here! Evening talks

New programme begins January 2015. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

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

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