- Free family art and craft activities
- Little Explorers storytime craft
- Special Events
- Reminiscence Café
- Get involved - Other Local Heritage Groups
Drop-in Sundays (and school holidays) 2pm to 4pm - free.
Last entry to session at 3.30pm. Activity Room closes at 4pm.
All activities are provided for free for families, with thanks to the fundraising of the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Budget funding.
- Sessions are delivered by a facilitator
- Suitable for children 5-13 years
- All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised.
- No adult admitted without an accompanying child
Programme of activities
|February 2018||Fantastical Firebirds and Dazzling Dragons|
|Sunday 25 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)||Dragon Ships - Hear the story of the Viking boat found on the Tottenham Marshes and use clay to sculpt a ship complete with dragon’s head.|
|March 2018||Investigate! Science Explorers|
|Sunday 4 March, 2-4pm, last entry 3.30pm)|
Medicine Madness - Make a pair of scientist goggles and dress up like a scientist in our exhibition about John Eliot Howard.
|Sunday 11 March, 2-4pm, last entry 3.30pm)|
Botanical Books - Discover how early scientists like John Eliot Howard investigated plants and use real specimens to create your own botanical book.
Come along and enjoy our event as part of British Science Week (9 - 18 March)
|Sunday 18 March, 2-4pm, last entry 3.30pm)|
Bark in the Park - Find out all about bark and take a discovery pack out into the park to investigate further.
Come along and enjoy our event as part of British Science Week (9 - 18 March)
Sunday 25 March, 2-4pm, last entry 3.30pm)
Make your own Medicine - Discover more about medicines and create your own special remedy.
|Upcoming activities||In April - Disguises and Disappearances|
Bruce Castle Museum is located in a magnificent 16th century historic building, within the beautiful Bruce Castle Park. If you want to explore the building and the park with children, there are additional free educational resources you can use in and around the Museum - from Tudor dressing up clothes, items that show you how people did their washing in the past and various fun activity and colouring-in sheets.
If you would like to discover even more about Bruce Castle - both inside and out - you can purchase from the Museum Reception Desk the special 'Mystery Manor Trail' sticker book (£1). In this fun and colourful little booklet you can follow Wilbur and Willow the Wyverns (the Museum mascots) as they help you to explore the building.
Or you can pick up the free Bruce Castle Tree Trail leaflet to look for trees around the park.
Free storytelling and drop-in art activities for little ones from 2 to 6 years old.
Please note our new times below.
Saturday 24 February, 2-4pm (drop-in)
|Dragons, Knights and Castle - Join us in February for even more dragon related storytelling - and make a round tower.|
Saturday 24 March, 2-4pm (drop-in)
|Hungry Caterpillars – Hear a range of stories about plants and flowers and create a beautiful butterfly to sit on a leaf.|
Coming up in April
Who's hiding? - Come along and help us search for Maisy Mouse and make a mask to disguise yourself.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.
Join us for our monthly reminiscence sessions for older people – just come along, enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.
Facilitated by local historian Christine Protz, author of 'Tottenham, A History'.
Have you voted?
- Tuesday 20 February, 2 – 4pm
100 years ago in 1918, women over 30 finally got the vote after many years of active campaigning. Since then voting has been extended to include all citizens over 18. For some, voting is very important and we loyally go to the polls, whilst others are not so sure. Do you remember the first time you voted? Do you have any memories of your parents voting or anyone in your family engaging in elections? What about going to meetings in church halls to listen to the candidates? Before you could vote, did you talk about elections in your family or read the newspapers?
Roll out the Barrel
- Tuesday 20 March, 2 – 4pm
The once ubiquitous pub is fast disappearing from our streets. It used to be the centre of our social life - whether meeting friends over a quiet drink or enjoying a more rousing night out, with music and song. The pub would be our first choice – only choice, sometimes. Pubs have changed over time, offering bar food and restaurants, outdoor spaces, facilities for children and pub quizzes. But there has been increasing competition from coffee bars, discos and nightclubs - and the pubs are still disappearing although some like Tottenham local, the Antwerp Arms, is surviving through a community buy out. So let us remember the pub: your first visit (and how old were you?), if you have a memorable occasion or meeting, or a favourite pub. Did you go with family or friends, for the music or chat? Let’s hear it for the pub.
Sweets and other delightful tastes
- Tuesday 24 April, 2 – 4pm
Taste, touch, sounds and smells all evoke strong memories from our childhood - so let us now explore those days through taste. Those early years of sugar and sweet rationing made sweets and chocolate a rare delight at Christmas or once a week at the weekend. Who remembers the home-made sweet shop in Seven Sisters Road, where we had to provide packs of rationed sugar before we could buy our sweets? Do you have memories of your mum’s cooking and baking, or, less desirable perhaps, school dinners? The best of tastes, the worst of tastes: let’s share them all.
The Friends of Bruce Castle
Founded in 1995, the Friends of Bruce Castle (FoBC) is the support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Park. The Friends are an invaluable help to the Museum and Archive Service. Over the past 20 years the Friends have actively supported through volunteering at events, raising funds to make educational and learning activities possible at Bruce Castle, as well as providing financial assistance to buy important historical acquisitions for the archive and museum collections.
Notable projects in partnership with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive include the conservation of the 1686 painting of Bruce Castle by Wolridge, the acquisition of photographs of Nelson Mandela visiting Muswell Hill and the preservation of 18th century samplers and textiles. The Family Activities programme each Sunday and during the school holidays and the Little Explorers' monthly workshops, would not be possible without the Friends' support and volunteer help. The Museum's evening and lunchtime talks programme is also run in partnership with the Friends.
To find out more about how you can support your local museum and archive at Bruce Castle and get involved by being a Friend, see the Friends of Bruce Castle website (external link). The Friends also have their own Facebook page (external link).
To contact the Friends directly, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Membership forms are available from the Reception Desk at Bruce Castle Museum.
Other local voluntary cultural, heritage and art groups
There are a significant number of voluntary local cultural, heritage and art groups in Haringey, in addition to the Friends of Bruce Castle.
Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive work with a wide range of community groups each year.
The following list of voluntary culture, heritage and art groups are just a small selection of what goes on in Haringey. These groups regularly participate with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive, especially at the annual Haringey Local History Fair, and in providing talks and supporting events at Bruce Castle.
Follow the web links below to find out what they do and how you can get involved.
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