Trainees Mark and Charlie visited Bruce Castle Museum, to see a different side of the heritage industry. Here they describe their first impressions of the Museum, and what they discovered there.
The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the round tower next to Bruce Castle. I found out that this may have originally been used to hold falcons, hence why there are so few windows.
Heading into the building you walk under the archway and there are cannons and old letterboxes. The letterboxes were a lot bigger in those days!
Inside Bruce Castle you can see lots of vintage things such as bikes, washing materials, and original letters written by people who died long ago. I was very intrigued when I saw the pictures of the old Tottenham Hotspurs stadium with the first players as they are my football team. I also saw pictures of horseracing at Alexandra Palace and I thought how crazy it is that we have been working right there and the grounds still look just the same!
We had a chat to Claire, who is the archivist at the Museum. She told us that records and newsletters published in Tottenham will come straight to the archives and she could help you research it. I was fascinated by this whole experience and hope to go back to the archives in the near future to study and research more advanced stuff such as old coins and the history of transport in the area.
We discovered that Bruce Castle is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, dating from the 16th century. It has been remodeled in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The building is a Grade 1 listed property which means it is considered to be an extremely important building and has been judged to be of significant national importance.
I was surprised to learn that the borough of Haringey used to be fields where animals would run wild!
We also had the chance to look inside the building where we found a lot of historical artefacts, like an old motorbike from the 20th century which was cool as you could see how they would design the vehicles back in the day.
We also got to take a look upstairs in the museum and saw the exhibition on Tottenham Carnival and the People’s World Carnival Band. We saw that they would dress up really bizarre but involved a lot of colours and different outfits.
It was a great experience and I would recommend it for a visit as it is important to know about the area you’ve been brought up in. There is a lot to find out about the history of Haringey.
To discover the history of Bruce Castle and the Haringey Borough, why not make a journey to the Museum? Find directions and visiting times here (external link).