- Connecting with the Castle
- Free Family Art and Craft Activities
- Family Explorers at Bruce Castle
- Bruce Castle Tree Trail
- Special Events
- Curator's Pick
- Reminiscence Café at the Castle
- Get involved - Other Local Heritage Groups
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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 1.30pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sister, Siren or Saint? A Young Curator’s Gallery Talk
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com 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.
Useful external links
- Alexandra Palace Television Society
- Avril's Walks and Talks
- Collective Exchange
- Crouch End Walks
- Edmonton Hundred Historical Society
- Euroart Studios
- Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre
- Friends of Bruce Castle
- Friends of Bruce Castle Park
- Friends of Finsbury Park
- Friends of Highgate Roman Kiln
- Friends of Hornsey Church Tower
- Friends of Lordship Rec
- Friends of Priory Park
- Friends of Tottenham Cemetery
- Friends of Tottenham Marshes
- George Padmore Institute
- Haringey First World War Peace Forum
- Haringey Vanguard BAME LGBTQ+ Project
- Harringay Online
- Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution
- Highgate Society
- Hornsey Historical Society
- London, Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society
- Markfield Beam Engine and Museum
- Ming-Ai (London) Institute - Chinese Cultural Centre
- New River Action Group
- Noel Park Residents' Association
- Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham Activist
- Radical History Network for North East London
- The Last Elm
- The Tottenham Theatre
- Tottenham Civic Society
- Tottenham Clouds
- Tottenham Conservation Advisory Committee
- Tottenham - Summerhill Road
- Tottenham Trees
- Turner in Tottenham
- Twisted Stocking
- Wise Thoughts - LGBT & BAME Arts