Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum
The Lost Files
- Extended until 30 September 2018
Artist 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
Art in the Tower
Multi-media artwork by resident art class Art2View.
- Open on special event days - next event 22 and 23 September, 1 - 5pm for Open House London weekend.
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.
The Art of the Gestetner
- 29 September 2018 to end January 2019
The art group Alt Går Bra present a new exhibition exploring the political and social history of the world-famous Gestetner duplicating machine, made in Tottenham.
Featuring over 100 artefacts from Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Museum, alongside those uncovered from Gestetner users from around Haringey and beyond, the exhibition explores the Gestetner machine as a device that revolutionised the office. It also reveals how the machines were put to alternative use, enabling a wave of political activists, artists and writers to produce printed publications quickly, affordably and with relative ease.
Location: Compton Gallery.
Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Haringey Council and the Norwegian Embassy in London.
About the artists: Alt Går Bra (external link) is an art and research group exploring the intersections between art and politics through exhibitions and publications.
Inspiring Women of Haringey: A Suffragette in the Family
- From 30 September 2018 to end March 2019
2018 is the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act. This allowed some women – those owning property and over the age of 30 – the right to vote for the first time. At the general election on 14 December 1918, 8.5 million women and 5.6 million men were enfranchised. It took another 10 years until the age qualification was abolished, putting men and women on a more equal footing.
The women’s suffrage movement reached every part of the country and cut across all classes. Some of the stories about individual suffragettes and their struggle for the vote are well known to us. Other stories lay untold, forgotten or hidden.
This fascinating exhibition presents the wonderful stories and research about local women who campaigned for the vote more than 100 years ago. These stories, artefacts and photographs have been kindly shared with Collective Exchange and Bruce Castle Museum & Haringey Archive by relatives proud of these pioneering women in their families. The exhibition tells us more about the lives of these women - such as the Spongs of Muswell Hill - who made their voices heard in their fierce struggle to get the right to vote.
Location: Old Kitchen.
Black Georgian Londoners: Portraits, People and Perceptions
- From 14 October 2018 to end March 2019
Discover more about Georgian Black Londoners in this new exhibition which reveals recent research about James Townsend, the Lord of the Manor at Bruce Castle during the 18th century and his black heritage and connections, alongside a collection of rare and unusual portraits of Black Georgians.
Kindly supported by the Fellowship of St John.
Location: East Wing Gallery.
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