Last year we had our Advent Windows @ The Castle for each day leading up to Christmas. This year we thought we would take a different approach with The 12 Days of Christmas Windows @ The Castle. We know that the 12 Days would usually start from 25 December, but we are using our windows instead as a countdown to the holidays – and decorated in our very own Bruce Castle style.
Our Windows will be taking a festive look at 12 facts, connections or stories from Haringey’s past and present – all through our handmade window decorations, lit up at night. So watch this space for artworks made by staff at Bruce Castle Museum & Archive, young Haringey volunteers doing Duke of Edinburgh Awards and also extra special pieces by some of our resident artists at the Castle.
More pictures and details of what they are all about coming up next week!
Christmas & New Year Holidays
The Museum & Archive will be open with our usual visiting hours in the coming week, but we will be closed for the holidays from Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023. Office hours will resume from Tuesday 3 January with museum visiting hours for the galleries from Wednesday 4 January.
But you can still come and visit us this weekend and on Wednesday and Thursday next week. You can keep warm and enjoy some fabulous new art with our Every Cloud exhibition or take a look at our beautiful Christmas Trees around the building each dressed and inspired by Bruce Castle and our local heritage. Our Christmas Tree Trail that accompanies this display is perfect for children to explore. And of course the brilliant Haringey History Postbox Topper – cleverly imagined and handcrafted by the Crouch End U3A – is also on display atop one of the historical postboxes in our courtyard.
Little Museum Shop
And if you need a little bit of inspiration for gift ideas or stocking fillers, maybe Bruce Castle’s Little Museum Shop might have the answer! Perhaps you know someone with their head in the clouds and can’t get enough of watching the skies or the weather? Well, we have some cloud-themed gifts in our little shop …. with books about Luke Howard and the clouds by Richard Hamblyn (signed by the author), notebooks, cups, specially-designed cards for Bruce Castle by @xdoodlegangerx, a weather station you can make or books for little ones, including one by local author Ali Clarke. You can even get the Cloud Selector at the special Tottenham price of £5 each in the Luke Howard 250th anniversary year.
There are lots of other little vintage or retro gifts alongside some great history and local books – some signed by the authors (@avrilswalksandtalks @highamnews @kandacechimbiri @hornseyhistoricalsociety #friendsoftottenhammarshes @friendsofbrucecastle). With reproductions of the glorious 1619 map, a 21st century version of the map by Allen Cullen and prints of some of the paintings by Beatrice Offor from our collections, you will also find prints, cards and artworks by a number of local artists in our little shop including: @mary_yacoob @siandormancreations @alisonlcsandifer @wendyanncharlton @306collective @emmiejoannadraws @alicebrownscupboard
(Please note, we are now able to take card payments in our shop).
And after a snowy week for us all, here are a few snaps of the Castle looking magical in the snow – taken mainly just hours after the first snowfall, and a couple later on in the week.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Best wishes from us all at Bruce Castle
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