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Saturday 14 May 10.30am - 4.45pm

Haringey local history fair at Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU  

Time to reconnect and discover more about Haringey’s fascinating history and community heritage at the annual Haringey Local History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive. Although it might be a little different after an absence of two years, it is a chance to get back into gear and in touch again with your heritage. Come and get involved, meet new (and old) friends and network whilst browsing stalls from heritage, arts and cultural organisations from around the borough.

Doors open 10.15am

10.50am Bringing Heritage Assets to Life: Tottenham Hotspur, Community & Memory by Sian Allpress.

11.25am Reconstructing London’s ‘lost’ hospitals: The case of Northumberland House Mental Hospital (1829-1954) Donna Fitzgerald reveals photographs & stories about Northumberland House in Harringay and how these will feature in a multimedia performance later in 2022 at Bruce Castle.. Do you have images or memories of the old hospital site? Let us know!

12.00pm Writing Black London: History, Art & Culture in over 120 places … & Haringey by author and walk guide Avril Nanton.

12.35pm Tottenham High Street Heritage Action Zone: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future Rediscover the heritage and historic vitality of the high street, through physical improvements to buildings and community engagement. Find out more from Camilla Gersh, Project Officer.

Lunch Break 1.10 – 2pm During the break, see two short films: Tottenham Hidden History’s ‘Lie in the Dark and Listen’ (14 mins) and from Bruce Castle Museum & Archive ‘Welcome to Citizenship’ - a 1961 new venture in civic education for 21-year-olds at Wood Green Civic Centre (25 mins).

Or team up with Carol Hebbs of Tottenham Heritage Walks for a short guided walk – Bruce Grove to the High Road

2pm Greenspace Protectors, Champions and Partners: The Rise of the Friends of Parks Movement Everyone rightly values our local public green spaces. Over the last 25 years communities have got involved, with the rise of the inspirational movement of ‘Friends Groups’ that has enabled park lovers make a real difference. Find out more from Dave Morris of the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum.

2.35pm Doing Global History in Local Archives: The Gestetner Story Discover how the Gestetner machine technology of printing and duplicating played a crucial role in the underground print production during the Indian emergency of 1975- 77. The potential of the Tottenham-made office duplicator was quickly seized upon by grass-roots activists and radical publishing across the world.. Pragya Dhital (Queen Mary University of London), discusses her current exhibition ‘Crafting Subversion: Resistance and underground publishing in India’ at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, drawing on Bruce Castle’s Gestetner archives.

3.10pm – 3.30pm Break

3.30p Once Upon a Time in Crouch End Local historian John Hinshelwood shares how over 6 months Crouch End U3A and Hornsey Historical investigated stories and photographs from 1860-1980. But their exhibitions for the summer of 2020 did not happen – due to Covid. Here’s how they ended up creating ‘Once upon a Time ..’ at Art House Cinema.

4.05pm A Terrace Through Time Prospect Place – a small terrace of 10 delightful Grade-2 listed cottages in Tottenham, celebrates 200 years of their existence in 2022. The history of the houses is strongly linked to traditions associated with Tottenham. From a Barber-Surgeon to an eminent Quaker, to a local Historian to a Climate Change activist – Ashley Grey, local resident, campaigner has dug into the archive at Bruce Castle to uncover characters and their relationship with the area.

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