• Feb 15, 2020 from 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane N17 8NU
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Time to discover more about Haringey’s wonderful history and community heritage at the annual Haringey Local History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive.

A chance to get involved, network and browse stalls from different local organisations from around the borough, as well as an all-day talks programme, showcasing the area's wonderful heritage. You can visit the Searchroom, see films and special displays from the archive and museum collections and talk to our staff to find out how to use the Archive Service and undertake research.

Please note the new earlier start time: the museum doors will open at 10.30am, for extra time to browse the stalls and network, before the talks programme begins.

All-day Talks Programme

  • 10.50am: Alexandra Palace Theatre - Did it Roar in the 1920s?
    A hundred years ago the Alexandra Palace Theatre was dark after its requisition during the Great War. Re-opening to the public in 1922, how did it fare in the Roaring Twenties? Nigel Willmott and Patricia Brearey (co-authors of the Drama at the Palace books (external link) will talk about this historic theatre.
  • 11.25am: Exiled: Sixty Years Since the Arrival of Oliver Tambo
    2020 marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement - sixty years since the exile of Oliver Tambo, later ANC leader, and thirty years since the release of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected President of South Africa. This talk by Nico Blackstock, of University of Southampton and a local resident, focuses upon how these two events link to the local history of Haringey, the place where Tambo spent his exile in Muswell Hill and where Mandela came to visit his friend on multiple occasions. Using archive photographs, letters and accounts, the talk aims to illustrate a global history in our own local context.
  • 12 noon: The NHS at 70: The Story Of Our Lives
    The NHS has been a part of all our lives for more than 70 years now: it's where many of us are born, where we work, and where we go when we need healing and care. The NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives (external link) project is collecting stories from across the country to reflect the journey the NHS has been on and the ways it touches everyone. Patients, porter, policymakers and politicians; doctors, dentists, nurses, surgeons, drivers, carers, paramedics, cleaners and admins - and those who use the NHS to stay healthy or in times of illness - we've interviewed all of these, and we're still going. In this talk, Peter Mitchell, one of the project's co-ordinators, introduces you to some of the stories we've found, what we've learned, shares some local NHS histories and where we're going next - perhaps your story?
  • 12.35pm: The 1840 Revolution: Rowland Hill’s Uniform Penny Post Delivered 180 Years Ago
    It is 180 years since the world’s first postage stamp - the Penny Black - was created. Introduced by Sir Rowland Hill of Bruce Castle - former headmaster of Bruce Castle School and Great Britain's postal reformer - the Penny Post system was revolutionary, transforming how we send letters. Join Jack Zhang, postal historian and author of 'The Origin of the Penny Black', ('解密黑便士') - the first book to be published in Chinese about the Penny Black - as we hear how the world got stuck on stamps.
  • 1-2pm: Lunch break
    During the break, enjoy our collection of short films to include: Looking Back 80 Years: Food Flash - The Ration Books are Coming; the recently-digitised HRH’s Own Hospital! (1932) - the new wing at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Tottenham; and The Farm: Narratives of Home a short documentary film made by Wendy Charlton (external link), a local social practice artist, with a Broadwater Farm estate resident.
  • 2pm How the Poll Tax was Defeated in Haringey and Across the UK 30 Years Ago
    Mass non-payment, non-cooperation and protests rendered the Government's controversial new local tax unenforceable in 1990. A look back at possibly the most widespread and effective grassroots campaign in history, in which the people of Haringey contributed greatly. What exactly happened locally, and what inspiration can we take from this today? Find out from those that were there - Dave Morris and other former activists from Haringey Anti-Poll Tax Union.
  • 2.35pm Two Hundred Years in the Baking: The Freemans - North London Bakers
    Baking in North London since 1820, the Freemans are a family of Master Bakers - now in their sixth generation. Landmark Dunn’s of Crouch End is their family-owned bakery, set up by Christopher and his wife Christina. Christopher’s great-great-Grandfather, Robert Freeman, came down from Brackley, Northamptonshire in 1820 on a hay wagon and started work as a baker in South Grove, Highgate. Join David Winskill, of Hornsey Historical Society, as he gives us a taste of this local family’s baking heritage.
  • 3-3.30pm: tea break
  • 3.35pm: Having a Nose for It: Political Lampooning in the ‘60s
    Sharing his jokes from 60 years ago, Councillor Sheila Peacock and Deborah Hedgecock (Curator) look back on the humorous artwork of ‘Nosey Parker’ - a set of six political cartoons commissioned locally from the 1960s onwards, with some dating from the Harold MacMillan premiership. The cartoons have recently been donated to the collections of Bruce Castle Museum. Come and find out who the cartoonist was and how he got his name.
  • 4.05pm: Cheers! Serving Pints for 170 years: The Antwerp Arms, Tottenham
    What was the Bruce Castle area in Tottenham like in 1850? Looking at original evidence of this still rural and village-like landscape, we discover a beerhouse in this growing community. Join curator Deborah Hedgecock as she charts the history of this pub through the records, flourishing from its beerhouse origins to the much-loved local, the Antwerp Arms - still serving the community 170 years on.

NB Talks sometimes subject to change.

The Fair will have stalls run by local organisations and authors in the Compton and Coleraine Galleries showcasing a range of heritage, art and cultural work from around Haringey to include:

Antwerp Arms Association; Edmonton Hundred Historical Society; Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre; Friends of Bruce Castle; Friends of Finsbury Park; Friends of Tottenham Marshes; Goodbye Coppetts Wood Project (with Sense of Locality); Hornsey Historical Society; London, Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society; Markfield Beam Engine and Museum; New River Action Group; the NHS at 70 Project, Noel Park Residents’ Association; Radical History Network for North East London; Steve Amor - Artist; Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Tottenham Civic Society.

Information, films, leaflets, artwork and publications on local topics and local history will be available from many stalls, alongside the following authors, available to talk about or sign their books: Geoffrey Barton - ‘Tottenham Outrage’; Jenny Brown - ‘Front Door to the Past’ (about Vartry Road); Paul Collier’s soon-to-be published book ‘Harris Lebus: A Romance with the Furniture Trade’ and sports author Mike Donovan with his new book ‘The King of White Hart Lane: Alan Gilzean’

The Tudor Tower will be open too, with artwork by resident art group Art2View.

The Café in the Old Kitchen will be selling teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes all day.

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  • This is a really interesting annual event, and if you have not been there, Bruce Castle (actually, a Tudor manor house) is a lovely place to visit!
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Events Calendar

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Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading - 20 Feb from 2-3pm - Lakeside Cafe, Alexandra Palace

Have your say on local carers' services - 26 Feb from 10.30-2pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, sustainable design and planting - 26 Feb from 6.30-8.30pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Singing for Fun - 28 Feb from 5-6pm - Alexandra Park Library. A SAPL free event.

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, trees and woodlands- 4 Mar from 6.30-8.30pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Singers' Night at Bowes Park Folk Club - 5 Mar from 7.45pm - Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Rd, Bowes Park N22

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, funding and staffing for Parks-10 Mar from 6.30-9pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Re-imagining Elgar: symphony no.1 for piano solo - 11 March at 7.30pm - St. Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road/Windermere Road N10

International Womens Day event - 14 March from 2-5pm - Community Hub, 8 Caxton Road, Wood Green (behind WG Library). 

Folk Concernt Bowes Park - 15 March from 2.30-5.30pm - SHAFTESBURY HALL N11 2QN

Clarinet and Piano Recital - 15 March at 4-5pm - St. Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road/Windermere Road N10


Free Sports Activity Sessions - on Thursdays from 12-2pm, starting 20 Feb  - Community Hub, 8 Caxton Road, Wood Green (behind WG Library). For migrants, refugees, 40+retired/unwaged.


Portraits for Prosperity exhibition - everyday 23 Jan to 16 Feb (closed 30 Jan) from 2-5pm - Creativity Pavilion, Alexandra Palace East Court




Safer Neighbourhoods Team (Police) - for next drop-in surgeries, see bottom of their webpage.


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Farmers Market in Alexandra Park - every Sunday 10-3pm - Hornsey Gate (bottom of Muswell Hill) except when at Campsbourne school dates here

Introductory martial arts course - Saturdays 12-1pm for 4-weeks, starting 20 July - Alexandra Park School, entrance in Rhodes Avenue

Salsa Wednesdays - beginners and intermediate classes 7-8pm, Bounds Green School, Bounds Green Road N11 2QG

Kids Gardening Club - Saturdays (starting 25 May) from 11.00-11.45am - Alexandra Palace Garden Centre, Alexandra Palace Way N22

Course: Finding the Poem - Monday evenings  till July 8 - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Prioritise your Writing Project - Tuesday mornings till July 16 - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Novella Fever - Wednesdays (starting 15 May) from 6.45-9.15pm - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Inspire your Writing -Thursdays (starting 16 May) from 10.30-1pm - the Writing Room, Floor 3, Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Girls' Cricket Practice - every Sunday (except Easter day 21st) from 9-10.20am - North Middlesex Cricket Club, Park Road N8

Pavilion crafts - every Thursday 11.30-1.00 - free drop in crafting group - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec. We bring our own projects, get advice and share ideas 

Alexandra Chorus - Wednesdays 7-9pm during term-time at Alexandra Park School

Life Drawing classes - second Monday of every month, 7.30-10pm - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec

Hatha Yoga - Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9pm - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec

Ally Pally Parkrun - free five-kilometer run every Saturday at 9am. Register online

Bowes Park Folk Club - usually on the first Thursday of each month from 8 to 10pm at Mum's Bistro, Myddleton Road

Palace Gates Community Gardening - on the Triangle and at the Albert Road mini-roundabout - usually at 11am on the first Saturday in the month

Gentle monthly walk - the last Wednesday in the month, 12.30-2.30pm, starting from Alexandra Park Library. A free SAPL activity

Friends of Ally Pally Station Gardening Parties - last Sunday of every month between 3-5pm - Ally Pally Station

Jazz@Karamel - every Thursday evening, music from 8-10.30pm - Karamel Restaurant, 4 Coburg Road, Wood Green

Hornsey Historical Society: local history surgery - first Saturday of every month between 10.30-2.30pm - The Old Schoolhouse, 136 Tottenham Lane N8

Beginners Pilates Class with Clare - Wednesdays from 6.45-7.45pm - South Harringay Junior School, Mattison Rd entrance off Green Lanes

Pilates class for mixed abilities - Fridays from 10.15-11.15am - South Harringay Junior School, Mattison Rd entrance off Green Lanes.

Alternative Art Club for 10-15yr olds - Thursdays from 6-7.30pm during term time - Highgate Wood School

Adults and Kids Fitness Classes in Albert Rec - Saturday mornings from 9.30-11am - Albert Road Rec

Fashion Courses: learn how to make your own clothes, pattern-cutting or more advanced - Saturday all day or 6-week courses - near Manor House tube station

Alexandra WI - meetings are held in CUFOS (the old train station at the top of The Avenue) on the first Tuesday of every month, 8-10pm.

Conservation Volunteers work in Alexandra Park - 2nd Sunday of the month from 10am to 3.30pm

Pavilion Crafts on Thursdays 11.0-12.30 - Cafe, Albert Road Rec.

Go Ape! - in the Upper Field (just below the boating lake), Alexandra Park (booking advised)

Afro Rhythm Aerobics - Fridays 8-9pm at Everyone's Climbing Tree, Station Road N22

St. Andrew's Parish Church - Sunday services: 10am Sung Eucharist with Footsteps for children; 6pm Evening Prayer

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