Coming up at Bruce Castle Museum & Archive…

Hi Culture Festival has begun

The Tottenham Takeover for the Hi! Culture Festival has begun, and Bruce Castle is running some wonderful events as part of the celebrations, including Black History Tours of Tottenham led by Avril Nanton.


In case you missed our last mailout, the two following events are also part of the Tottenham Takeover programme:

We’re In Business – Walking Tour of the High Road

Hear, Here – Evening Talk: Barrel Babies

Plus, don’t forget about our FREE family activities coming up on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February, details here: Families | Bruce Castle

Also in this email:

  • Details on our first reminiscence café of 2024
  • Our programme of events to celebrate LGBT+ History Month

Black History Tours for Tottenham High Road Takeover – With Avril Nanton

Organised with Bruce Castle Museum & Archive, these tours are part of the Tottenham High Road Takeover Programme coming up, funded by the Hi CULTURE! project delivered by Haringey Council.

Tour 1: The Black History of Tottenham

  • Sunday 4 February, 1.30-3.30pm

Free, booking required – This tour is fully booked, if you would like to be put on the waiting list then please email [email protected]

Meet: Costa Coffee, 3-7 West Green Rd, South Tottenham, London N15 5BX

The tour takes in the main High Road area looking at the infamous police station, the murals, the old clubs such as Shady Grove, and Body Music, one of the first black music shops in the area.

In 1554 when King Philip of Spain arrived in England to marry Queen Mary, he brought with him his Blackamoore servants. When he left England many years later, his servants remained and built a life for themselves in Tottenham.

Come and hear their story.

The walk will last approximately 2 hours.

Book your free ticket via Avril’s website.

Tour 2: The Black History of West Green Road

  • Sunday 11 February, 1.30-3.30pm

Free, booking required – Hurry, only a few spaces left!

Meet: Costa Coffee, 3-7 West Green Rd, South Tottenham, London N15 5BX

During the 1960s the name Dyke and Dryden was unknown. By the 1970s they were one of the most famous names in the Tottenham area, opening a variety of shops, hairdressers and supplying Black women with the essential hair products that they needed.

This is just one of the many stories that West Green Road has to tell.

The bustling street has a rich and diverse history which is often overlooked. It has become home to a vibrant African and Caribbean community for decades and has played an important role in the development of Black British culture in the area.

Come and hear Avril Nanton tell the street’s story.

The walk will last approximately 2 hours.

Book your free ticket via Avril’s website.

Reminiscence Café – What was your musical decade?

  • Tuesday 20 February, 2-4pm

Free, refreshments included

Reminiscence Café returns for 2024!

1950s brought Rock and Roll to these shores, and shocked our parents and teachers. Elvis and Little Richard gave us a new and exciting sound that made us want to move and dance. The sixties took us on to soul and skiffle, Bob Dylan, with his guitar and folk, and the new pop groups, the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Seventies, and the flamboyant Glam Rock, with Queen, Abba and Bowie. Punk, hip hop and rap all followed, musical genres growing from previous generations and ever more inventive.

What was your favourite – perhaps not one mentioned here? What memories does it provoke? Where did you listen to music – in clubs, concert halls, dance halls, church – or at home with the radio or record player? Did your favourite music influence your leisure time, or work or the friends you made? And what about romance …..?

Come along to the Museum and share your memories over a cup of tea.

For any queries, please email [email protected]

LGBT+ History Month Events

Join us throughout February 2024 to share, celebrate and honour Haringey’s LGBTQIA+ heritage through a range of talks and events! Read on to find out more…

Curator’s Pick: An Eligible Spinster – With Sadie Lee

  • Thursday 1 February, 2.30pm

Free, booking recommended

This month’s Curator’s Pick for LGBT+ History Month is with special guest and award-winning figurative artist Sadie Lee, as she takes a look back at one of her early paintings in oils – ‘An Eligible Spinster’.

Known for her challenging paintings that focus on a range of subjects, including the representation of women in art, sexuality, gender and the ageing body, Sadie will be guiding us through the symbolism and meanings of this self-portrait.

Displayed amongst Bruce Castle Museum’s collection of portraits of women by artist Beatrice Offor (1864-1920), Sadie will draw on connections and comparisons of her own painting with those by Beatrice, one of the first women who attended the Slade School of Art in the 19th century.

Please book your free place for this in-person talk at the Museum via Eventbrite.

About the artist: Sadie Lee – The Art Academy – London

Awarded the 2021 Queer Britain Madame F Award: Sadie Lee interview – a Queer Britain Madame F Award winner – Madame F

For any queries, please email [email protected]

Walking Tour: Hidden Pride of Haringey

  • Saturday 3 February, 10.30am

Free, booking required

Let our guide Carol Hebbs of Tottenham Heritage Walks lead you on a guided walking tour through 400 years of hidden histories starting from Bruce Castle Museum & Archive in the north through to Tottenham Green. Walking along and near Tottenham High Road, explore with Carol buildings and places that uncover overlooked voices and reveal fascinating new research from Bruce Castle Museum & Archive and inspiring stories of Haringey’s LGBTQ+ heritage from the past four centuries.

Space is limited so booking is essential. Please book your place via Eventbrite.

Meeting point: The clocktower main entrance of Bruce Castle Museum at 10.15am. Tour begins at 10.30am Venue address: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU

For any queries, please email [email protected]

Panel Discussion: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ – Why Section 28 Matters Today

  • Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Free, no booking required

Led by Sarah Drummond, writer and director of forthcoming film ‘Don’t Say Gay’.

Section 28, the legislation implemented in 1988 which banned local authorities from ‘the promotion of homosexuality’ impacted a whole generation of LGBTQIA+ people from the 1980s to the present day. Haringey led the way as the centre of protests against the government and the Act, from the local activists to the Council’s Lesbian and Gay Unit.

Join us for a panel discussion with local activists and campaigners hosted by Sarah Drummond, producer and writer of ‘Don’t Say Gay’, the first feature-length film in production examining Section 28. The panel will explore the Act’s long and damaging legacy, which is still impacting LGBTQIA+ communities today. A preview of the film will be shown.

For any queries, please email [email protected]

That’s all from us for now! Be sure to stay up-to-date on what’s on by checking our Events Calendar, which is regularly updated: Events | Bruce Castle

If you have any queries, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing us at [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum & Archive soon.

With best wishes,

The Team @ Bruce Castle