Free Family Art and Craft Activities

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.

Family activities

Sunday 9 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Viking Dragon Ships: Sail back to Viking times, find out about ancient boat burials and their traditions and use clay to sculpt a Viking Ship, (find out too about the Viking boat found in the River Lea.)

Sunday 16 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Tudor Pageant: Find out how Bruce Castle prepared for its visit from King Henry VIII, dress up in Tudor robes and craft a crown or headdress fit for a King or Queen.

Wednesday 19 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Roman Feasts: Get ready for a Roman Feast and make a Roman pot, plate or goblet out of clay.

Thursday 20 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Carnival Creations: Discover the early history of Carnival traditions and create a set of Carnival wings.

Sunday 23 February, 2-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Pancakes!: Find out why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and make your own pancake flip game.

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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 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.

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Special Events

Women’s History Month Launch at the Castle

  • Sunday 1 March, 1.30-4.30pm

Women's History Month 2020

Join us at Bruce Castle for the launch of Women’s History Month in Haringey, with speeches and performances by local young women and a keynote speech by civil rights campaigner and community activist, Baroness Martha Osamor.

The Roots of the Now

Special guest Stella Dadzie - writer, educationalist and historian – will chair a panel discussion The Roots of the Now, which looks back on the great work of the Collective who created the Haringey Women’s Employment Project in the 1980s.

Afternoon Programme:

  • 1.30pm - Welcome and opening speeches
  • 2pm - Performances by local women
  • 2.30pm - Keynote speech by Baroness Martha Osamor
  • 2.45pm - The Roots of the Now: panel discussion
  • 4pm - Tea and refreshments
  • 5pm - Close

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Reminiscence Café at the Castle

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

  • Tuesday 24 March, 2 - 4pm

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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21 February 2020

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