Bruce Castle Museum
IMPORTANT UPDATE - 19 March 2020
Bruce Castle Museum and Archives – Closure to the Public
We regret the remaining events for Women's History Month (see below) and all of the museum's other events, talks, family activities and Reminiscence Café have been cancelled following the statement issued by Haringey Council in line with Government advice on Coronavirus. More here at Friends of Bruce Castle News and the latest news at Bruce Castle Museum website (opens in new window).
We are getting in touch with all participants for Women's History Month events to update them with the council's decision moving forward following the government's announcement last night. In line with government guidance to reduce non-essential social contact and to ease the pressure on attendees who are deciding whether they should attend events following government advice, we have sadly taken the decision that as of today, 17th March 2020, all Women's History Month events are cancelled.
MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AT BRUCE CASTLE
Sisters, Sirens and Saints: Imagining the Women of Beatrice Offor
Centenary Exhibition of Portraits by Beatrice Offor (1864-1920)
- From 21 March until September 2020
Commemorating the centenary of artist Beatrice Offor (1864-1920) who lived in Tottenham, this exhibition explores her beautiful portraits and the imaginings and portrayals of the women she painted. Bringing together her artworks from the collections at Bruce Castle Museum alongside recently discovered paintings, this exhibition draws on new research, the influences in her life and the recent invigorated interest in her art. Beatrice Offor is celebrated as being amongst the first women students who trained at The Slade, going on to become one of the few commercially-successful Edwardian female artists. An unusual forward-thinking artist for her time.
Conference & Launch of the Centenary Exhibition of Portraits by Beatrice Offor (1864-1920)
Sisters, Sirens and Saints: Imagining the Women of Beatrice Offor
- Saturday 21 March
- Morning conference of talks - 10.30am to 12.30pm. Doors open 10am for refreshments
- Launch of exhibition with keynote speaker, Dr Jan Marsh - 2pm
Programme of speakers:
- Geraldine Beskin - The Atlantis Bookshop, and Researcher
- Dr Charlotte de Mille - The Courtauld Institute of Art
- Dr Alan Walker - Florida State University (London)
- Deborah Hedgecock - Curator, Bruce Castle Museum
The conference will be introduced by Dr Jan Marsh of the National Portrait Gallery
(Curator of the recent Pre-Raphaelite Sisters); and she will officially launch the exhibition.
Family Art and Craft Activities:
Piggy Banks & Penny Savings
- Sunday 15 March, 2 - 4pm (drop-in; last entry 3.30pm)
Join our artist from Collective Exchange and make a special piggy bank in our clay workshops.
Help us celebrate Women’s History Month by remembering Priscilla Wakefield of Tottenham,
who introduced the first Penny Savings Bank.
Frame It! Pictures and Portraits
- 22 March, 2 – 4pm (drop-in; last entry 3.30pm)
Work with our artist and be inspired by the portraits of Beatrice Offor from our new exhibition and make a special portrait.
Printing with Box of Prints
- Sunday 29 March, 2 - 4pm (drop-in; last entry 3.30pm)
Be inspired by the work of Althea McNish, internationally-renowned textile artist from Tottenham and also the new emerging talent of designer Zara Afflick of Box of Prints, who has set up her new fabric design business in Tottenham. Take part in this printing and design workshop, create your own patterns for your fabric with Box of Prints and get making together this Women’s History Month.
All activities suitable for families and children 5 – 13 years old.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Council
Reminiscence Café at the Castle:
Healthy Mothers and Children
- Tuesday 24 March, 2 - 4pm
Come along to our monthly reminiscence session for older people – enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories with others, facilitated by local historian Christine Protz.
Before the Second World War, Bruce Castle was home to a Local
Authority Clinic, providing maternity services and services for young
children, including opticians, chiropodists and dentists. These clinics
across Haringey preceded the NHS, providing an early version of free,
if limited, healthcare for women and children. They continued after the
War and many of us have experience of their services, not always
gentle perhaps, and usually very basic.
What do you remember of this early health provision for mothers and
children? Did you have NHS glasses fitted or your teeth taken out at
the local clinic?
Have a chat over a cup of tea and reminisce.
SPECIAL EVENT - Evening Talk:
Face to Face: Women Portraitists in Conversation
- Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Join us for this lively discussion between two women portraitists working in the UK today - Haringey’s very own Nicola Green and Sadie Lee. With long-established and successful careers working in figurative painting, they will share what it is like to be a leading woman artist working in their field – we learn what inspires them and how their approaches to the different subjects portrayed in their paintings can seek to challenge our notions about identity and power through portraiture.
Inspired by ‘Sisters, Sirens and Saints: Imagining the Women of Beatrice Offor ‘- the centenary exhibition of portraits by Beatrice Offor, at Bruce Castle Museum
No booking necessary.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle
Sister, Siren or Saint? A Young Curator’s gallery talk
- Thursday 26 March, 2.30 - 3pm
Come along to this bite-size gallery talk with one of our Young Curator volunteers, Angela Mascolo as she tells us more about a painting she has chosen in the Beatrice Offor exhibition at Bruce Castle and why it interests her.
No booking necessary. Just turn up.
Women’s History in Haringey
(for young people and adults)
- Saturday 28 March, 1.30 – 4pm
Want to discover more about the range of historical collections relating to Haringey’s feminist and women’s history at Bruce Castle? Then this workshop is for you.
Led by Julie Melrose (Archivist), the workshop will examine the variety of resources available in the Archive Search Room - from campaigning and protests, to letters, records and documents of local (and nationally important) pioneering women such as Edith Summerskill and Joyce Butler, as well as the newsletters, ephemera and posters of women’s organisations and women-led local businesses.
This is an exciting opportunity to see original archives and explore radical thinking and activism by Haringey’s women. The workshop is aimed at people new to archival research, as well as those wanting to learn more about the collections held at Bruce Castle.
Activity suitable for young people (14 years+) and adults
Through the Eyes of Women:
Women and their Art – an art historical guided walk around Tottenham
- Sunday 29 March, 11am – 1pm
Inspired by the centenary exhibition of paintings by Beatrice Offor – ‘Sisters, Sirens and Saints’ - at Bruce Castle Museum, join Deborah Hedgecock (Curator) on this art historical guided walk discovering women artists and their art in Tottenham. We will be exploring actual artworks, sites associated with women artists, or places and people that have stimulated women’s creativity along the historic Tottenham High Road, from the Seven Sisters up to Bruce Castle. Along the way, you will find out more about these local women’s lives, their art and their impact and influence on transforming and celebrating the area from the 18th century to the present day – from the women who were the seven sisters, to the kaleidoscopic work of Lakwena, to Lady Henrietta Townsend’s engravings, poet Carol Ann Duffy, sculpture by Vanessa Pomeroy and the collection of portraits by Beatrice Offor. Come along and hear their fascinating stories from Tottenham.
Starting point: Meet at 11am by the Seven Sisters Tube Station exit on east side of High Road, nearest to the junction with Broad Lane, N15
Ends: at Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU
Munch & Listen - Lunchtime historical talk
Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham’s Forgotten Pioneer, Author and Activist for the Poor
by Margaret Burr (Friends of Bruce Castle)
- Monday 30 March, 12.15pm (doors open at 12 noon)
We celebrate a forgotten local pioneer - Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1852) of Tottenham. A well-connected
Quaker, famous in her lifetime, she was actively engaged in social action and the alleviation of poverty in
Tottenham. Having to support her own family, Priscilla set her mind to business and one of the few work
opportunities open to women at the time – that of writing and publishing books. A successful author of
17 children’s books covering a range of subjects, including natural science, she also wrote about feminist
economics, published by a radical publisher in 1798. Her philanthropic activities helped improve the lives
of women and children.
Referred to today as the 'Mother of Microfinance', in addition to her business-like approach to writing and
publications, Priscilla established local charities and a school, as well as founding the first Penny Savings
Bank in England.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle
Art Workshops: Empowering Young Women and Girls
Saturday 7 March, 2 to 4pm
Learn art skills and have fun working with our artist from Collective Exchange in this mixed-media collage art workshop. Explore mindfulness and positive creativity through making art together in a group.
Activities suitable for young people (14 years+) and adults.
Family Activity Art Workshop: Empowering Women
Wonder Girl Badge-making Workshop
Sunday 8 March, 2 -4pm
drop-in; last admission 3.30pm
Get creative and make your own Wonder Girl badge or a badge honouring an inspiring woman in your life. Join artists from Collective Exchange in this fun badge-making workshop. Bring along your positive images of women – either photos from someone in your life, or make a drawing or collage of images found on social media, magazines and newspapers (past and present). During the workshop you will create your own badge using collage techniques.
Suitable for ages 5 – 13 years
Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
Curator’s Pick: The Lady of the Desert
Wednesday 11 March, 2.30 – 3pm
Come along to this bite-size gallery talk with Curator Deborah Hedgecock as she tells us more about a painting in the collection at Bruce Castle. Celebrating Women’s History Month, this ‘Curator’s Pick’ looks at a Victorian painting of Lady Caroline Gray-Hill of Tottenham by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Robert Hughes. Known as the ‘lady of the desert’, find out how Lady Caroline got her name, follow her travels around the world, explore the imagery in Hughes’ exquisite portrait and discover other stories about this Tottenham family.
No booking necessary – just turn up.
Women’s History Month Launch at the Castle
Sunday 1 March, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Join us at Bruce Castle for the launch of Women’s History Month in Haringey, with speeches and performances by local young women and a keynote speech by civil rights campaigner and community activist, Baroness Martha Osamor.
The Roots of the Now
Special guest Stella Dadzie - writer, educationalist and historian – will chair a panel discussion The Roots of the Now, which looks back on the great work of the Collective who created the Haringey Women’s Employment Project in the 1980s.
1.30pm Welcome and opening speeches
- 2.00pm Performances by local women
- 2.30pm Keynote speech by Baroness Martha Osamor
- 2.45pm The Roots of the Now– panel discussion
- 4pm Tea and refreshments
- 5pm Close
Festive Craft Wreath-making in Willow Workshop
Saturday 30 November, 10am - 4pm
Join willow-weaving local artist Angela Baker and make a beautiful handmade festival wreath at this introductory all-day workshop to willow weaving.
Create your own traditional wreath, star or heart out of willow to take home. To make your wreath even more festive, please bring any other materials you might like for decorating the wreath (and your own secateurs, if you have them).
COST: £30 (including refreshments all day; and willow materials for the wreath). Please bring your own lunch.
To book a place and for further details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU
020 8808 8772
Festive Flea Market
Saturday 23 November 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
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