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Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum

The Lost Files

  • 5 May - 23 September 2018

The Lost Files, a sculpture by Al JohnsonArtist Al Johnson’s new sculpture The Lost Files is an installation that explores the experience of the conscientious objectors of World War One.

There were 350 COs from Haringey who - for moral, religious or political reasons - refused to participate in the War. This work offers a glimpse into how it might have felt, at great personal risk, to stand against the conventions of society. It is a homage to those brave and principled men and women. The Lost Files suggests an office that has been subject to desecration. Twelve white wooden containers that could be the drawers from lost filing cabinets, are scattered, piled or propped around the space, suggesting abandonment and disrespect. Each box considers an aspect of war resistance, utilising a variety of media: sculpture; found objects; sound; archive material and photographs. 

About the artist: Al Johnson is a politically-engaged sculptor; her work responds to recent history and the interplay between politics, power and the collective memory. Her sculpture has been widely exhibited, and is held in both public and private collections. For more of the artist's work, see: Al Johnson Sculptor (external link)

This exhibition is part of the project 'Conscientious Objection Remembered - the Hidden History of Haringey's WW1 COs' (external link) by the Haringey First World War Peace Forum (external link). The group researches the lives of conscientious objectors and their supporters in Hornsey, Tottenham and Wood Green, now the London borough of Haringey. 

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the ‘First World War Then and Now’ programme.

Location: East Wing Gallery

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Memories of the High Road – an oral history exhibition about Tottenham

  • 25 March - 1 July 2018

Memories of the High Road

Hear tales of scrumping in orchards and swimming in the Moselle, shopping at Burgess’s and dancing at blues parties, this exhibition reflects on Tottenham’s living history and the resilience of community. Interactive audio accompanied by archive photographs and artefacts bring to life Tottenham’s past in a moment of unprecedented change.

Location: Old Kitchen

This exhibition is part of the North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, RSA Trust and Tottenham District Charity.

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Art in the Tower

Tudor TowerMulti-media artwork by resident art class Art2View.

  • Open on special event days - next event tbc

A changing display of artwork by resident art class Art2View in the Tudor Tower at Bruce Castle.

All works by the artists are for sale, and all proceeds kindly help the Friends of Bruce Castle and the Museum to support the free Family Activities' Art and Craft Activities Programme.

Location: Tudor Tower.

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4 June 2018

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