Friends of Bruce Castle

The support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Archives and Park


About the Museum

Bruce Castle Museum is set in an award-winning Park, Bruce Castle Park, which is a haven of green space for the local urban community. They are both amenities to be proud of and that’s why Friends of Bruce Castle exists to ensure that these jewels in Tottenham continue to be available for use by all.

The park is an oasis of grass and trees, home for birds and squirrels. A well-used precious open space used for walking, playing, football and tennis or just to sit and relax in.

The museum archives hold a rich and unique collection of local history documents and photographs. It is the storehouse of Haringey borough’s heritage and a very important resource for all things Haringey. It is the place to go if you wish to research the area of Haringey you live or work in, see the development of Haringey through a series of maps or a pictorial history of the area you are interested in.

The museum has a wide-ranging schools programme, a lively schedule of family activities, frequently changing exhibitions, and a programme of talks and local history walks, all of which contributed to its winning a Sandford Award for Heritage Education from the prestigious Heritage Education Trust in 2010. However, like all local authority-funded services in the straitened economic circumstances of 2011 and future years, it now faces possible cuts to its funding, cuts which could reduce its staffing levels, shorten the hours it can remain open, and curtail its programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities.

Bruce Castle's support group is therefore needed more now than ever, to lobby the council on its behalf, to support the museum's applications for funding grants to national bodies, to help with the museum's purchase of new acquisitions, to provide volunteers to help with events in the museum and the park. So if you want to help keep this unique community resource in being, please join us. Click here for a membership form (coming soon).


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Museum Opening Times and Information

Wednesday - Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Archives
Wed & Sat 1 – 5pm; Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 5pm. It is advised to book an appointment in advance.

Family activities
Sunday afternoons and during school holidays Wed – Sunday, 2 – 4pm

Address
Lordship Lane
Tottenham
London N17 8NU

Tel: 020 8808 8772

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Friends of Bruce Castle (5 June 2019)
Registered Charity No: 1094201


 

Friends of Bruce Castle

The support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Archives and Park

 

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Friends of Bruce Castle (12 November 2019)
Registered Charity No: 1094201


 

Friends of Bruce Castle

The support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Archives and Park

 

The Museum’s History

 Bruce Castle is named after the Scottish House of Bruce, who owned the land on which it stands until Edward I sequestered it as penalty for rebelling against him. Bruce Castle and its Round Tower are Tottenham's only Grade 1 listed buildings (both listed 1949 but separately).

The manor of Tottenham is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Survey, but although the Bruce family built a house here in the mid-13th century no traces of any medieval buildings have been located. The oldest parts of the present building date back to the 16th century, when it was owned by Sir William Compton, the master of Henry VIII's bed-chamber. Compton's brick structure has been modified several times since then by successive owners in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including Lord Coleraine and the postal reformer Rowland Hill, the inventor of the Penny Post, who opened a school for boys on the site in 1827.

The house and its grounds (the 8 hectares which is all that remains of the house's original much larger estate) were purchased by the local authority in 1892. The park, opened to the public in that year, is Haringey's oldest. The building opened to the public as a museum in 1906, although many of its original collections were dispersed during the course of the twentieth century.

The museum's present collections cover the history of the areas which make up the London Borough of Haringey and, on the strength of its connection with Sir Rowland Hill, a postal history collection built up by telephone and post office worker W. V. Morten between the 1880s and his death in 1923. The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 1pm - 5pm.

Bruce Castle is also home to the archives of the London Borough of Haringey. The archives may be visited by phoning the museum on 020 8808 8772 and making an appointment.


Friends of Bruce Castle (12 November 2019)
Registered Charity No: 1094201


 

Friends of Bruce Castle

The support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Archives and Park


Useful Links

Edmonton Hundred Historical Society http://n21.net/edmonton-hundred-historical-society-home-page.html
Friends of Hornsey Church Tower https://https://hornseychurchtower.com//
Green Flag Award http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/GreenFlag/GreenFlagAwardSites/London /Default.aspx?parkID=500
Hidden London http://www.hidden-london.com/brucegrove.html
Hornsey Historical Society https://hornseyhistorical.org.uk/
Markfield Beam Engine Museum http://www.mbeam.org/
Mysterious Britain and Ireland http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/greater-london/hauntings/bruce-castle.html
Report of MOLAS excavation July 2006 http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/English/ComLearn/Com Excav/BruceCastle.htm
Tottenham Civic Society http://www.tottenhamcivicsociety.org.uk/
Tottenham Trees https://www.tottenhamtrees.org/
Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Castle
Wikipedia photographs http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Bruce_Castle
Woodland Trust - Bruce Castle Oak is Tree of the Year 2018 https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/press-centre/2018/10/2018-tree-of-the-year-winners/

 

Friends of Bruce Castle (12 November 2019)
Registered Charity No: 1094201