Memories of the High Road at Bruce Castle Museum

Have you ever ridden a ‘jigger’? Ever been scrumping? Gone swimming in the Moselle?

A new exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum explores just these kinds of shared experiences about Tottenham. Based on interviews with residents past and present, Memories of the High Road traces the contours of community life in Tottenham over the last 90 years.

The project began in early 2017 when a group of Heritage Champion volunteers learned oral history interviewing techniques and set about meeting with residents to gain an insight into life along the High Road. In total, over 25 hours of audio recordings were gathered; this new collection will be lodged in Haringey Archives at Bruce Castle Museum, freely accessible to the public as a resource for historians of the future.

 

Blondel Cluff, Chair of the London Committee at Heritage Lottery, pictured at the exhibition launch.

 

Whether it’s the fun of riding the trams, the smell of the polished floors at Burgess’s, or the sound of reggae at Shady Grove, this exhibition brings to life the richness of Tottenham life over the years, reflecting on our relationship to the past in a moment of unprecedented urban change.

 

Hear the exhibition soundscape:

 

Memories of the High Road’, Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU until 1 July.

This exhibition is part of the North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative and is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, RSA Trust and Tottenham District Charity

 

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