- 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
|Sunday 14 October, 1.30-4pm|
Black Georgian London: Portraits, People and Perceptions - Exhibition Launch and Family Day: Come along to our new exhibition, Black Georgian London and our Family Day! Discover the stories of the people in the portraits; explore what life was like in Georgian London and dress up to recreate a Georgian portrait. Activities include poetry reading, music, storytelling, games and dressing up.
|October half term|
October Half Term events
|Sunday 21 October, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm|
Black Georgian London: Portraits and Perceptions - Phillis Wheatley and Dido Belle in Focus: Learn about the lives of Dido Elizabeth Belle of Kenwood House and Phillis Wheatley; she was the first published African American female poet. Explore some of her poems, have a go at writing your own poems with quill pens and ink and then draw a portrait of Dido or Phillis.
|Wednesday 24 October, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm|
Black Georgian London: Portraits and Perceptions - Billy Waters and Chevalier St George in Focus: Explore our portraits of Black Georgian musicians. Find out more about their lives and Georgian music. Then make your own musical instrument out of mixed materials.
|Thursday 25 October, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm|
Black Georgian London: Portraits and Perceptions - Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano in Focus: Learn about the lives and literary works of two noted Black authors of the Georgian period and make your own book to fill with your inspiring words.
|Sunday 28 October, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm|
Black Georgian London: Portraits and Perceptions - Job ben Solomon and William Ansah Sessarakoo in Focus: Study our 18th century portraits of Job ben Solomon and William Ansah Sessarakoo. Find out more about their lives and look at the different styles of dress in the Georgian period. Design your own portrait miniature in a style that represents you.
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 activities for little ones under 6 years old
- Please revisit this page during the autumn for updates of new sessions.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.
All activities supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Funding
Black Georgian London: Portraits, People and Perceptions - Exhibition Launch and Family Day
- Sunday 14 October, 1.30-4pm
Come along to our new exhibition on Black Georgian London and join in our magnificent Family Day! Discover the stories of the people in the portraits, explore what life was like in Georgian London and dress up to recreate a Georgian portrait. Activities include poetry reading, music, storytelling, games and dressing up.
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'.
- Tuesday 23 October, 2-4pm
70 years ago the Empire Windrush brought the first wave of Commonwealth citizens to these shores. They came with hope of good employment and the expectation that they were needed by a country desperate to rebuild after the devastation of war. How far were hopes and expectations realised? How did they adjust to the very different culture and climate they found here? And what were their experiences? How did people respond to their new neighbours, health workers, churchgoers and work colleagues? What do you remember about that time and what were your experiences?
Theatre Nights and Stars
- Tuesday 20 November, 2-4pm
We can be kept entertained for hours by the television today, with its many channels, and there are still cinemas around within easy reach. But probably it is live theatre that leaves us with the best memories of a night out or a matinee afternoon. It could be the theatres in the West End or local theatres where we remember some of our best occasions, whether musicals or farces, Shakespeare or comedies, and of course the annual treat at the pantomime. Let’s not forget local amateur dramatics as well, either as part of the group or in the audience. Do you have any programmes from special theatre outings, or autographs from the cast? Did you even get a chance to meet a star or two?
December - Down Memory Lane
It’s our seasonal get together with History on the Move - and of course delicious mince pies.
- Date and theme to be announced
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.
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