Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum

Bad Airs, Agues and Fevers – John Eliot Howard FRS, quinine and the battle against malaria

  • 16 July 2017 - 29 April 2018

John Eliot Howard FRS scientistA hands-on exhibition that charts the fascinating story of pioneering Tottenham chemist John Eliot Howard FRS (1807-1883), whose scientific discoveries were pivotal in the fight against malaria. His interest in the Peruvian bark 'cinchona' and its medicinal derivative quinine for the treatment of malaria, began when he was only 20 years old. It developed into a lifelong study and scientific achievement. Living in Lordsmeade House in Tottenham, he was made a partner in the family's pharmaceutical firm Howard and Sons in 1828 by his father Luke Howard FRS (1772-1864) - the eminent scientist and meteorologist. Quinine became the company's most successful product in the 1800s, and became used as a tool in 19th century colonial expansion.

Kindly supported by the Local Heroes Programme of The Royal Society (external link).

Location: East Wing Gallery.

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People's World Carnival Band

  • 4 October 2017 - 29 April 2018

Celebrating 35 years as a radical mas band in Tottenham bringing carnival to the streets of London, the People's World Carnival Band (external link) is the inspiration for a colourful new exhibition about costumes and carnival in Haringey. Look back at their history of working with young people and the local community and see how they create their vibrant and elaborate costumes. Find out about the origins of carnival and festivities from around the world, alongside past local carnivals from Tottenham and Hornsey.

Please note: check with the Museum in advance if you want to make a specific visit to this exhibition on a weekday, as many local schools are visiting it.

Location: Compton Gallery

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Memories of the High Road – an oral history exhibition about Tottenham

  • 25 March - 1 July 2018

Memories of the High Road

Hear tales of scrumping in orchards and swimming in the Moselle, shopping at Burgess’s and dancing at blues parties, this exhibition reflects on Tottenham’s living history and the resilience of community. Interactive audio accompanied by archive photographs and artefacts bring to life Tottenham’s past in a moment of unprecedented change.

Location: Old Kitchen

This exhibition is part of the North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, RSA Trust and Tottenham District Charity.

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Celebrating Trees

  • 5 April - 3 June 2018

Moon and Trees by Violet FullerInspired by the planting of a new oak sapling in Bruce Castle Park by the group Tottenham Trees (external link), our exhibition celebrates special trees from around the borough recorded by artists from the 18th century to the present day, in paint, print and photographs.

Includes artworks from our collections showing the Old Oak at Bruce Castle (the oldest tree in Haringey), the Seven Sisters trees, the Last Elms in Bruce Grove, Highgate Wood and Queen's Wood.

Location: Coleraine Gallery

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The Lost Files

  • 5 May - 23 September 2018

Model making for the Lost Files

Artist Al Johnson’s new sculpture The Lost Files is an installation that explores the experience of the conscientious objectors of World War One.

There were 350 COs from Haringey who - for moral, religious or political reasons - refused to participate in the War. This work offers a glimpse into how it might have felt, at great personal risk, to stand against the conventions of society. It is a homage to those brave and principled men and women. The Lost Files suggests an office that has been subject to desecration. Twelve white wooden containers that could be the drawers from lost filing cabinets, are scattered, piled or propped around the space, suggesting abandonment and disrespect. Each box considers an aspect of war resistance, utilising a variety of media: sculpture; found objects; sound; archive material and photographs.

About the artist: Al Johnson is a politically-engaged sculptor; her work responds to recent history and the interplay between politics, power and the collective memory. Her sculpture has been widely exhibited, and is held in both public and private collections. For more of the artist's work, see: Al Johnson Sculptor (external link)

This exhibition is part of the project 'Conscientious Objection Remembered - the Hidden History of Haringey's WW1 COs' (external link) by the Haringey First World War Peace Forum (external link). The group researches the lives of conscientious objectors and their supporters in Hornsey, Tottenham and Wood Green, now the London borough of Haringey. 

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the ‘First World War Then and Now’ programme.

Location: East Wing Gallery

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Art in the Tower

Tudor TowerMulti-media artwork by resident art class Art2View.

  • Open on special event days - next event tbc

A changing display of artwork by resident art class Art2View in the Tudor Tower at Bruce Castle.

All works by the artists are for sale, and all proceeds kindly help the Friends of Bruce Castle and the Museum to support the free Family Activities' Art and Craft Activities Programme.

Location: Tudor Tower.

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29 March 2018

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