REMINDER OF EVEN MORE EVENTS …. Our Windrush Day programme this week at Bruce Castle

REMINDER of all our other events coming up this week for our Windrush Day Programme at Bruce Castle – hope to see you there! And check out the listings for other events in the borough here, our exhibitions, resources and timeline ….

Reminiscence Café at the Castle

Our free reminiscence session is back this month – just come along, enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.

Windrush Playlist 

  • Tuesday 21 June, 2 – 4pm

Reminiscence café at the castle

A new and exciting music accompanied the Windrush generation arrivals from the Caribbean, adding to the mix that had thrown up the American imports of rock and roll and jazz, and the home-grown pop of the Beatles. For the young in the 50s and 60s it was a time of music to dance to, lyrics to weep or laugh with, and generally display our rebellion and energy.

Dance halls, jazz clubs, discos and festivals were places where we could hear the new music, but also, more seriously, Churches – usually outside the mainstream – vibrated with passionate gospel singing, bringing a new sound to the streets outside. It’s music time again as we celebrate the Windrush generation.


All welcome. No need to book

Curator’s Pick: With Ruth Hutchinson

  • Thursday 23 June, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Curator’s pick with ruth hutchinson

Join us in the Museum’s galleries to hear Tottenham resident and special guest speaker Ruth Hutchinson tell us the story behind her chosen object on display. Come and hear Ruth’s story – caring for others since she arrived from Jamaica in 1959, her activism and campaigning alongside her joy for art, music and poetry – and find out why she has donated items to be part of the collections at Bruce Castle.


All welcome No need to book.


West Green Road Legacy Walk

  • Friday 24 June, 10 – 11am
  • Sunday 26 June, 11am – 12 noon

Take a walk with tour guide Avril Nanton and explore the history of this well-known road in Tottenham.

West green road legacy walk

With Avril you will discover more about pioneering trailblazers Dyke & Dryden and their beauty and hair products, Bernie Grant MP for Tottenham, and internationally-renowned textile designer Althea McNish – and where they started their businesses, established their workplaces or set up home. Heavily influenced by the large African and Caribbean population, most people are not aware of the famous people who have lived in this street, making important contributions to the area and to Black British history in general.


Starting at Costa Coffee and finishing at Black Boy Lane, this walk will take in some of the well-known shops past and present along West Green Road, including Uncle John’s Bakery and Bodies Music, some of the 20 Black hair and beauty shops that line the street, as well as stopping by the lesser-known Windrush monument, and, not forgetting, the home of textile designer Althea McNish, the woman who designed for the Queen.


This special free walk for Windrush Day accompanies the current exhibition ‘We’re In Business’ at Bruce Castle Museum & Archive.


There are two dates to choose from for the walk.

Please book your place through the website Avril’s Walks and Talks.


  • Friday 24 June, 10am – 11am

Meet at Costa Coffee at 261 Tottenham High Road, N15 4RR

Book your place through Avril’s Walks and Talks.


  • Sunday 26 June 11am – 12 noon

Meet at Costa Coffee at 261 Tottenham High Road, N15 4RR

Book your place through Avril’s Walks and Talks.



Family Activities: How Does Althea’s Garden Grow?

  • Sunday 26 June, 1.30pm – 4pm

Family activities how does althea’s garden grow

Beautiful flowers, plants and bold colours inspired the exquisite fabric designs and artwork of internationally-renowned Althea McNish. She also loved creating her own special space and garden at 142 West Green Road in Tottenham. Just like Althea, come along and be inspired by nature and join N15 Archive to help recreate her corner garden in the Courtyard at Bruce Castle. Get hands on with planting flowers, designing the space and take part in crafts to create your own floral designs – just like Althea!


For ages 5 to 13 years.

Every adult must be accompanied by a child! All welcome. No need to book.


Best wishes from us all at Bruce Castle


Deborah Hedgecock