Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum

Welcome back!

We are delighted that our Museum galleries are now open for pre-booked visits to our permanent galleries and exhibitions.

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To keep you safe when you visit Bruce Castle Museum and Archive, we recommend and encourage the use of face coverings (unless exempt) for all visitors and staff whilst inside the building. Please also be aware of other visitors and maintain social distancing where possible when moving through the museum. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding - we hope you will enjoy your visit and look forward to welcoming you back.

Sisters, Sirens and Saints: Imagining the Women of Beatrice Offor

Special Exhibition of Portraits by Beatrice Offor (1864-1920)

  • Extended until end of May 2022

Aglaie by Beatrice Offor (copyright Bruce Castle Museum)Commemorating the centenary of artist Beatrice Offor (1864-1920) who lived in Tottenham, this exhibition explores her beautiful portraits and the imaginings and portrayals of the women she painted.

Bringing together her artworks from the collections at Bruce Castle Museum alongside recently discovered paintings, this exhibition draws on new research, the influences in her life and the recent invigorated interest in her art.

Beatrice Offor is celebrated as being amongst the first women students who trained at The Slade, going on to become one of the few commercially successful Edwardian female artists. An unusually forward-thinking artist for her time.

To mark the centenary, the Friends of Bruce Castle have come together with Bruce Castle Museum and Archive to help raise money to support the restoration of one of the beautiful paintings by Beatrice Offor. If you would like to find out more about the project and would like to contribute, please visit the Friends' fundraising page here (external link)

Location: Compton Gallery

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We’re in Business: Art, Trade & Business of West Green Road - the Windrush Generation's Legacy

  • Until end of July 2022

Explore the pioneering businesses, entrepreneurs and artists of the Windrush Generation in West Green Road in Tottenham.This street has witnessed many important trailblazers and change-makers who, rooted in their communities, went on to succeed in building some of the most successful black enterprises in this country.

From Dyke & Dryden’s beauty and hair products, becoming Britain’s first black multi-million-pound business, to Althea McNish, the internationally-renowned textile designer and artist who made West Green Road her home for over 60 years, you can find out more about the stories of these pioneers and others – all starting out and finding their feet in West Green Road.

This exhibition shares these histories and stories from West Green Road, looking at objects, photographs and documents from the collections of Bruce Castle Museum & Archive. It also shows in public for the first time personal items and works from the amazing art studio of textile designer Althea McNish – very kindly on loan from The N15 Archive (external link) – alongside new artwork created for the exhibition from local artist and architect Tania Pascoal (external link).

We're In Business West Green Road exhibition

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Weaving Tales of Resilience

  • Until end of February 2022

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Weaving Tales of Resilience reflects, records and retells stories from 2020 - of how our diverse communities in Tottenham supported one another whilst facing the challenges of COVID-19, stood side by side in response to Black Lives Matter and pulled together the community threads of resilience.

Christelle Mutombo-Cartier and Sonja Scantlebury are artists and community storytellers who work with textiles in Haringey. Their new textile and film-media creations have been made especially for this exhibition at Bruce Castle, to share the remarkable tales of resilience in our locality and to demonstrate that community and diversity matter. 


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Little OPEN OUT Gallery

Little Open Out galleryFrom December 2020 we have welcomed local schools with our window art gallery takeover programme, with work by our very young artists.

Whilst schools haven't been able to take part in their usual workshops at the Museum, they can now take pride in seeing their own wonderful creations on the outside instead!

Just pop along and see what is new in this changing new art space with local schools and the wonderful art creations by our local young students.

Location: Little Open Out Gallery - external window display, North Façade (facing children's playground).

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OPEN OUT Gallery

An art project where you can enjoy works by local artists - outside!

Enjoy this series of artworks - a collaboration between Bruce Castle Museum and Public Surface, a Tottenham-based organisation, encouraging and facilitating creative intervention in the public realm.

Location: OPEN OUT Gallery - external window display, East Wing of North Façade (facing children's playground).

For more information, or if you are a local artist and would like to take part, contact: museum.services@haringey.gov.uk

Follow the project on social media - external links:

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Art in the Tower

Open on special event days.

  • Please note that the Tower is currently closed. Over 2021-2022, the Tower will be undergoing major works to bring you a newly restored Grade 1 listed building.  

Location: Tudor Tower.

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Page last updated:

November 25, 2021