Haringey Archive and Local History
The Search Room Christmas/New Year 2020/21
Sadly, following the recent government announcements for Tier 4 in London, Bruce Castle’s Search Room is temporarily closed until further notice to researchers. Staff are currently working remotely and will answer telephone and email enquiries where possible.
Over Christmas and New Year the Archive and Museum Service will be closed from Thursday 24 December 2020 to Monday 4 January 2021.
Please note that during this time emails and telephone messages will not be monitored. Staff will answer enquiries as soon as is possible on our return.
Changes to visiting the Search Room
When researchers are once again able to resume visits to the Search Room (after our temporary closure due to Tier 4 restrictions), please familiarise yourself with the changes that have had to be made to our service to ensure your and our staff's safety.
We ask that all visitors to the Search Room read our Search Room Visitors’ Charter (PDF, 59KB) before you visit us. And to give you an idea of what you can expect before, during and after your visit, read our guidance document: What to expect when visiting the Search Room Bruce Castle Museum and Archive (PDF, 56KB).
Please note that the Museum remains closed while we set about making it secure and safe for members of the public to visit the galleries and exhibitions. All events, classes and school visits have been rescheduled or postponed until a later point. We thank you for your understanding and patience during these trying times.
Please do contact us for any clarification on any of the above and with any queries, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8489 4250 (option 2).
Haringey Archive Service is based at Bruce Castle Museum. The service holds the archive and the local history library and collections of the London Borough of Haringey.
- Opening hours for the Archive Search Room
- Local History Collection
- Loans, donations and bequests
- Access to the Archive Searchroom
- Contact details
- The National Archives (external link)
- Freedom of Information
Only when it is possible to resume visits again to the Search Room for researchers (after our temporary closure due to Tier 4 restrictions), please become familiar with our new visiting days and hours.
The days the Search Room will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only.
We will have two sessions a day available, either 10am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 4pm.
Booking is essential - please follow the guidelines given above.
To book, please either email email@example.com or call our new telephone number 020 8489 4250 (option 2) to discuss your visit.
- Official records of Haringey Council and its predecessor authorities - Tottenham, Wood Green and Hornsey
- Parish records (except Parish Registers)
- Rate books
- Some school records (Admission Registers and Log Books) for many local schools
- Records of local organisations, businesses and societies
- Census returns for Tottenham, Wood Green and Hornsey (on microfilm)
- Special collections of material, including those relating to Alexandra Palace and the Prince of Wales Hospital
For information about births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships visit the Certificates and Corrections page.
- Books printed on the history of the area
- Pamphlets and periodicals produced by local organisations covering the Haringey area
- An extensive run of local street directories
- Electoral registers dating from 1890 onwards
- Local Newspapers
- Ordnance Survey and other old maps of the area
- Photographs, postcards and prints illustrating Haringey’s past
Selected lists of our archive collections are available on Discovery: The National Archives website (external link).
For books at Haringey Archive, please see Haringey Libraries' catalogue.
Other online resources relating to our historical collections include:
- Art UK (Bruce Castle Museum's oil and acrylic paintings collection - external link)
- For prints of many of Bruce Castle Museum's oil and acrylic paintings now available for purchase, please see the online Shop of the Art UK website (external link)
- For a number of films about Haringey that have been digitised by Film London, please see the online catalogue for London Screen Archives (external link)
- For selected watercolours about Haringey from our collections, please see The Watercolour World website (external link).
Haringey Archive Service considers donations of suitable and appropriate documents relating to the history of Haringey. We also welcome the opportunity to make copies of important records held in private ownership, where a donation of the same is not on offer. Accepting documents offered as a loan may be considered in certain, though exceptional, circumstances. Once the transfer of ownership has passed to Haringey Archive Service, records remain in situ. Original documents are not transferred to a third party.
If you have documents you feel might be of interest for historical reasons, please feel free to contact Haringey Archive Service at the address given below. Records are held in protected rooms in carefully monitored atmospheric conditions to assist conservation for the future.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates a general public right of access to information held by public authorities. Access is subject to a number and variety of exemptions. Personal information is one of the exemptions covered by the Data Protection Act 2018.
Access to the Archive Search Room is by appointment only, following new Covid-secure guidelines (as above).
Access to the service is free of charge, and you do not need a reader’s ticket.
We offer a limited free distance enquiry service. We will answer specific questions relating to information in our archive and local history collection, although we cannot conduct extensive or open-ended research on behalf of members of the public.
For further information about Haringey Archive Service, to make an enquiry or to book a visit to the Search Room, please contact us on our new telephone number 020 8489 4250 (selecting option 2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Haringey Archive and Museum Service
Bruce Castle Museum
Tel New telephone number 020 8489 4250 (option 1 for Museum enquiries; option 2 for Archive enquiries)
Fax 020 8808 4118
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