• May 14, 2022 from 10:15am to 4:45pm
  • Location: Bruce Castle Museum
  • Latest Activity: May 6

The Haringey History Fair is back at Bruce Castle! Stalls, taster sessions, walks, films - and all day talks programme. Doors open 10.15am

10.50am  Bringing Heritage Assets to Life: Tottenham Hotspur, Community & Memory  by Sian Allpress.

11.25am Reconstructing London’s ‘lost’ hospitals: The case of Northumberland House Mental Hospital (1829-1954)  Donna Fitzgerald reveals photographs & stories about Northumberland House in Harringay and how these will feature in a multimedia performance later in 2022 at Bruce Castle.. Do you have images or memories of the old hospital site? Let us know!

12.00pm Writing Black London: History, Art & Culture in over 120 places … & Haringey  by author and walk guide Avril Nanton

12.35pm  Tottenham High Street Heritage Action Zone: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future Rediscover the heritage and historic vitality of the high street, through physical improvements to buildings and community engagement. Find out more from Camilla Gersh, Project Officer.

Lunch Break 1.10 – 2pm During the break, see two short films: Tottenham Hidden History’s ‘Lie in the Dark and Listen’ (14 mins) and from Bruce Castle Museum & Archive ‘Welcome to Citizenship’ - a 1961 new venture in civic education for 21-year-olds at Wood Green Civic Centre (25 mins).

Or team up with Carol Hebbs of Tottenham Heritage Walks for a short guided walk – Bruce Grove to the High Road

2pm Greenspace Protectors, Champions and Partners: The Rise of the Friends of Parks Movement Everyone rightly values our local public green spaces. Over the last 25 years communities have got involved, with the rise of the inspirational movement of ‘Friends Groups’ that has enabled park lovers make a real difference. Find out more from Dave Morris of the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum.

2.35pm Doing Global History in Local Archives: The Gestetner Story Discover how the Gestetner machine technology of printing and duplicating played a crucial role in the underground print production during the Indian emergency of 1975- 77. The potential of the Tottenham-made office duplicator was quickly seized upon by grass-roots activists and radical publishing across the world.. Pragya Dhital (Queen Mary University of London), discusses her current exhibition ‘Crafting Subversion: Resistance and underground publishing in India’ at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, drawing on Bruce Castle’s Gestetner archives.

3.10pm – 3.30pm Break

3.30p Once Upon a Time in Crouch End Local historian John Hinshelwood shares how over 6 months Crouch End U3A and Hornsey Historical investigated stories and photographs from 1860-1980. But their exhibitions for the summer of 2020 did not happen – due to Covid. Here’s how they ended up creating ‘Once upon a Time ..’ at Art House Cinema.

4.05pm A Terrace Through Time Prospect Place – a small terrace of 10 delightful Grade-2 listed cottages in Tottenham, celebrates 200 years of their existence in 2022. The history of the houses is strongly linked to traditions associated with Tottenham.  From a Barber-Surgeon to an eminent Quaker, to a local Historian to a Climate Change activist – Ashley Grey, local resident, campaigner has dug into the archive at Bruce Castle to uncover characters and their relationship with the area.

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Events and Activities


Saturdays 7 and 14 May - Crochet for Beginners or Refreshers at Stitch Crafts and Classes, 364 Green Lanes, (inside Post Office entrance) Palmers Green, 1-3pm.

Saturday 7 May -  Fortismere Community Choir sing Suppe's Requiem at St Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road, N10 2DD, 7.30pm.

Thursday 12 May – Singers’ night/Open mic at Bowes Park Folk Club at Mum’s Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road N22 8NG, 7.45pm.

Saturday 14 May – Haringey History Fair 2022 at Bruce Castle Museum, 10.15-4.45pm.

Saturday 21 May – Muswell Hill Creatives Makers Fair at St. James’ Square, Muswell Hill (outside Planet Organic and Everyman Cinema), 10.30-5.30pm.

Sunday 22 May – The Story of Me: family art workshop at Bruce Castle Museum, 1.30-4pm.

Friday 20 May - Knit a 'Colours of the World' Shawl at Stitch Crafts and Classes, 364 Green Lanes, (inside Post Office entrance) Palmers Green, 10.30-12.30pm.

Saturdays 21 and 28 May - Learn to Sew Palazzo Trousers at Stitch Crafts and Classes, 364 Green Lanes, (inside Post Office entrance) Palmers Green,10.30-2.30pm.

Sunday 29 May – The Big Green Fair at Hornsey Parish Church, bottom of Cranley Gardens, 10-2pm. Muswell Hill Sustainability Group.

Thursday 2 June – Saturday 24 September – Broomfield Summer Festival in Broomfield Park. Theatre, music, activities and performances for children, food and drink, fun fair ...

Thursday 2 June – Family Theatre: the Gunpowder Plot in Broomfield Park, 2.30-4.30pm.

Tuesday 7 June – Twelfth Night in Broomfield Bowl, 7.30pm.

Saturday 18 June - Beginners Knitting at Stitch Crafts and Classes, 364 Green Lanes, (inside Post Office entrance) Palmers Green, 1-3pm.

See here for Music and Art events at Karamel/MAAD, including Collage Kids performance events on Saturday mornings at 11.30am. At 4 Coburg Road, Wood Green N22 6UJ.

Ongoing courses and activities

Salsa with Sureka – live course on Wednesday evenings at Bounds Green School, Bounds Green Road N11 2QG, 7-8pm. 

V&J Ensemble: Vocal group for ALL Singers on Wednesdays at St. Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road N10 (corner of Windermere Road), 6.50-8.30pm.

All Good Bookshop has many regular events - book groups of course, also music, writing, yoga .... At 35 Turunpike Lane.

Atelier Painting - Tuesday evenings starting 19th April in artist's studio in Alexandra Park, 7-9.30pm. 11 week course, not suitable for absolute beginners.

Painting for Adults - Thursdays starting 21 April, either mornings 10-12.30pm, or afternoons 1.30-4pm, at CUFOS Community Centre (the old railway station) Top of The Avenue N10. 11 week term.

Free training for creative freelancers and businesses in Tottenham – 20 April - 2 May online.

* * * New series of Writing Courses from Collage Writing Room * * *

Finding the Poem 2 – Monday evenings for 6 weeks starting 6 June on zoom, 6.30-9pm. Collage Writing Room course.

Life Writing and Memoir Workshop - evenings – Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks starting 8 June for 6 weeks on zoom, 6.30-9pm. Collage Writing Room course.

Introduction to Creative Writing: Part 2 - Tuesday mornings for 6 weeks starting 7 June for 6 weeks on zoom, 10.30-1pm.

Flash Fiction Workout  – write short, short stories! Wednesday mornings for 6 weeks starting 11 May on zoom, 10.30-1pm. Collage Writing Room course. 

Prioritise your Writing - Wednesday mornings for 6 weeks starting 8 June for 6 weeks on zoom, 10.30-1pm.

Write a Novella – Wednesday evenings on zoom for 6 weeks starting 11 May, 6.30-9pm.

Novella Fever (shorter fiction workshop) - Wednesday evenings starting 11 May for 6 weeks on zoom, 6.30-9pm.


Sisters, Sirens and Saints, imagining the women of Beatrice Offor – at Bruce Castle Museum from Sept 22 to May 28 2022. Special exhibition that explores the portraits of one of the first women students who were trained at the Slade, going on to become one of the few successful commercial Edwardian female artists.





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