Activities

 

Connecting with the Castle

As the museum is currently closed, we have been busy thinking of ways to connect with our visitors from the safety of their homes and are creating a new range of online resources that you can access from home.

See our new pages and have fun!


Free Family Art and Craft Activities

Important: following government guidelines, there will be no family activities until further notice. We hope to resume these as soon as possible. Please check back for updates.

Drop-in Sundays (and school holidays) 2pm to 4pm - free.Bruce Castle hearts

Last entry to sessions is 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

Important: workshop themes may sometimes be subject to change.

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Family Explorers at Bruce Castle

Wilbur the Wyvern at Bruce CastleBruce 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.

Or you can pick up the free Bruce Castle Tree Trail leaflet to look for trees around the park.

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Special Events

Important: following government guidelines, the conference has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Women’s History Month at the Castle

Conference and Launch of the Centenary Exhibition of Portraits by Beatrice Offor (1864-1920)

Sisters, Sirens and Saints: Imagining the Women of Beatrice Offor

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    • Morning conference of talks - 10.30am to 12.30pm. Doors open 10am for refreshments
    • Launch of exhibition with keynote speaker, Dr Jan Marsh - 2pm. Doors open 1.30pmAuntie's Best Bonnet by Beatice Offor

 Programme of speakers:

  • 10.30am: Beatrice Offor. An 'Esoteric' Artist? by Dr Alan Walker - Florida State University (London)
  • 11am: From the Slade to the Super-natural by Dr Charlotte de Mille - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 11.30am: Myth and Mysteries: The Magical Revival and Beatrice Offor by Geraldine Beskin - The Atlantis Bookshop, and Researcher
  • 12 noon: Beatrice Offor: Love, Life and Art in Bruce Grove, Tottenham by Deborah Hedgecock - Curator, Bruce Castle Museum

The conference will be introduced by Dr Jan Marsh (external link) of the National Portrait Gallery (Curator of the recent Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition); and she will officially launch the exhibition.

Booking required for the morning conference. To book a place, please email: museum.services@haringey.gov.uk

All welcome.

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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.

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Sister, Siren or Saint? A Young Curator’s Gallery Talk

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Her from one of our Young Curator volunteers, Angela Mascolo as she tells us more about a painting she has chosen in the Beatrice Offor exhibition at Bruce Castle and why it interests her.

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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: fobc@friendsofbrucecastle.org.uk 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:

28 April 2020

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