- Munch and Listen - our free monthly lunchtime talks programme
- Hear Here - our free evening monthly talks programme
Please note the new programme for 2022 will be announced shortly.
We have been welcoming visitors back to Bruce Castle. We are returning to our talks programmes gradually, with a combination of talks both on-site (where this is possible) and also virtually online for all talks (unless it is a walk). Please check carefully for the details for each event listing, as these may vary.
A Forgotten House: The ‘Invisible’ Brook House of Tottenham
by Valerie Crosby, Heritage Assistant: Archives, Bruce Castle Museum & Archive
- Monday 31 January 2022, 12.15 to 1.15pm
The ‘invisibility’ of Brook House that once stood at 881 Tottenham High Road might be a possible factor why little or no mention of it appears in 19th and mid-20th century histories of the area. Brook House was also curiously overlooked by speculative developers. In its long life from at least the early 17th century until its demolition in 1956, this substantial and remarkably charming mansion house and estate remained in private hands - as a home.
Join Bruce Castle’s very own Valerie Crosby as she looks back through time at what was one of the oldest surviving domestic buildings on the High Road. You can find out who lived there or owned it – from wealthy Tudors and philanthropic widows, to Portuguese merchants, eminent physicians and lastly the Klemantaskis, an Ashkenazi Jewish family of Dutch and Australian nationalities, who were occupants from 1898 onwards.
You can also learn what the newly-revealed 1921 Census might add to this extraordinary house history – and maybe you can add your own memories of it on the High Road?
Please note that for this month the talk is going to be only a virtual event.
To secure your place for the talk online, please book via Eventbrite (external link). (The Zoom link will be sent to your email nearer the time)
If you have any general difficulties with booking, please contact the Museum on 020 8489 4250 (option 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been welcoming visitors back to Bruce Castle. We are now returning to our talks programmes gradually, with a combination of talks both on-site (where this is possible) and also virtually online for all talks (unless it is a walk). Please check carefully for the details for each event listing, as these may vary.
Tales from the High Street: Bruce Grove and the High Road, Tottenham
By Deborah Hedgecock, Curator, Bruce Castle Museum & Archive
- Wednesday 26 January 2022, 7.30pm to 9pm
Come and hear stories from Tottenham High Road and Bruce Grove – some known, others unknown or overlooked. Join the Curator of Bruce Castle Museum & Archive, Deborah Hedgecock, as she shares tales, memories, photographs and paintings from the collections covering the past two centuries showing businesses, traders and communities on this historic high street and shopping parade – each helping to shape and make our High Road and our local community that we know today.
Maybe you might be inspired to add your own story of the High Road?
And you can – as this talk, along with our Munch and Listen talk, is part of the Hi CULTURE! Heritage Action Zone & Programme for Tottenham High Road. To find out more about the project and how you can contribute, just follow the link here.
This is an online talk only and places must be booked. Book your free place via Eventbrite (external link). The Zoom link will be sent to your email on the day of the talk.
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