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Pedal Power in Haringey
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Pedal Power in Haringey

During what would have been the second week of the Olympic Games 2020, we continue to look at aspects of our local sporting heritage and find out about those who have cycled to success in the past. From its invention in 1817 through to the modern day, the bicycle and cycling has been a huge...

Keep on Running
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Keep on Running

Bruce Castle has well over 50 photographs of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay through Haringey, with our thanks to photographer Henry Jacobs. Although we already had some photographs taken along the route, we now have more or less the whole route covered. Henry was the council’s official photographer for the 2012 Torch Relay and had...

Changing the World
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Changing the World

Haringey has a long, proud history of being home to community leaders, reformers, campaigners and activists. Some were born here or moved into the borough to set up their home, and others have come to Haringey needing a place of safety, fleeing or exiled from their homeland. Whatever their reasons for being in Haringey, they...

Making Women Artists Visible  – Violet Fuller and Joan Knoblock
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Making Women Artists Visible – Violet Fuller and Joan Knoblock

This week has been London Art Week, when national art collections and leading commercial art galleries bring together an annual summer programme of events. This year it has been a virtual programme of course – London Art Week Digital – with some interesting talks and discussions online. One such event was ‘Making Women Artists Visible’...

The Last Elm
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The Last Elm

Some of you might recall in July last year the premier of Bruce Grove Stories, to showcase a new short film by BBC documentary-maker Alex Jones about the community and neighbourhood of Bruce Grove in Tottenham and a specially-commissioned poem about Bruce Grove by the poet Abondance Matanda. The event highlighted the project to bring...

Huff and puff up Highgate Hill
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Huff and puff up Highgate Hill

If you are a very keen cyclist, you may well have checked out the more challenging inclines in London. Although not known particularly for its hills, London does have some really tough climbs if riding a bike (or even walking for that matter!). And not surprisingly most of the steep hills are located in and...

Pride Month in Haringey
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Pride Month in Haringey

June 30, is the last day of Pride Month, the month that our LGBTQ+ communities celebrate, protest and raise political awareness as well as commemorate the steps made in social justice and human rights. Pride Month is celebrated world-wide through events, festivals, talks and performances, often culminating in a street parade or march. June has...

Windrush Day 2020
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Windrush Day 2020

Today is National Windrush Day – an annual celebration when we mark the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Britain on 22 June 1948 and pay tribute to the monumental contribution that the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made to the political, economic and cultural fabric of Britain. On 22nd June we celebrate the...

Refugees during and after WWII
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Refugees during and after WWII

At the end of 2018 around 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced across the world. Of these, 25.9 million were refugees, whilst 41.3 million were internally displaced within their country of origin. 50% of refugees across the world are children. In 2018, more than two thirds of the refugees across the world came from just...

Signs for bakers their shops in Haringey
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Signs for bakers their shops in Haringey

Old signs for bakers and their shops can be found on our local streetscapes today – alongside new ones. Here’s a familiar sign in the shop window of the large and popular bakery with its tasty treats at ‘Yassar Halim’, 493 Green Lanes, Harringay: © Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Archive and Museum Service) Some of...