Connecting with the Castle

Explore the history of the museum and some of its collections, with a range of online resources that you can access from home.

Discover the following pages for colouring, quizzes, crafts and more!

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Free Family Art and Craft Activities

Our family activity programme is currently suspended. Please check back for updates.

Join us for a range of art, crafts and poetry workshops as part of our Family Activity Programme.

Sundays and school holidays 2pm to 4pm. Free entry.

All activities are provided for free for families, with thanks to the fundraising of the Friends of Bruce Castle.

  • Sessions are delivered by a facilitator
  • Suitable for children 4-12 years old.
  • All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised
  • No adult admitted without an accompanying child.

Important: Workshop themes may be subject to change.

Why not take a look at our Women's History Crafts or our Family Art and Crafts, Quizzes and Storytime on the Black History Haringey 365 pages.

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Family Explorers at Bruce Castle

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 booklet you can follow Wilbur and Willow the Wyverns (the Museum mascots) as they help you to explore the building.

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Bruce Castle Tree Trail

Do you know what creatures live in trees, or how a tree drinks? Explore the great outdoors and discover more about Bruce Castle Park with our Family Tree Trail. See what things you can spot in the park, find out interesting facts and see if you can find the Ancient Oak, the oldest tree in the park. Pick up a copy of the trail from the museum or download a copy below and start exploring.

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Curator's Pick

Important: following government guidelines, the Curator's Picks have been postponed until further notice. We hope to resume these as soon as possible. Please check back for updates.

Our programme of short, bite-size gallery talks are once a month.

Come along and hear from the curator, archivist, local historian or guest speaker and explore objects, documents, works of art from the galleries at Bruce Castle.

Just turn up. A different choice each time.

Young Curator’s Gallery Talk

Hear from one of our Young Curators.

Important: following government guidelines, the Young Curator's Gallery Talks have been postponed until further notice. We hope to resume these as soon as possible. Please check back for updates

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Reminiscence Café at the Castle

Important: following government guidelines, our Reminiscence Café programme has been postponed until further notice. We hope to resume these as soon as possible. Please check back for updates.

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'.

Healthy Mothers and Children

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Before the Second World War Bruce Castle was once home to a Local Authority Clinic, providing maternity services and services for young children, including opticians, chiropodists and dentists. My aunt had her tonsils taken out there when she was three. These clinics across Haringey preceded the NHS, providing an early version of free, if limited, healthcare for women and children. They continued after the War and many of us have experience of their services, not always gentle perhaps, and usually very basic. What do you remember of this early health provision for mothers and children? Did you have NHS glasses or have your teeth taken out at the local clinic? Come along for a cup of tea and share your memories.

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Get involved - Other Local Heritage Groups

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: Membership forms are available from the Reception Desk at Bruce Castle Museum.

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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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Useful external links

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Page last updated:

November 8, 2021