Bea Offor
Thursday, 23rd March 2023, 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Come along to this bite-size gallery talk with one of our Young Curators, Annabel Gee, as she tells us more about a chosen painting in the Beatrice Offor (1864-1920) exhibition of portraits of women at Bruce Castle Museum.

All welcome. Please book your free place via Eventbrite.

For any queries, please contact

drop in and draw
Saturday, 25th March 2023, 10.30am to 3.00pm

Join local artist and tutor Susan Bryan for a relaxed workshop for absolute beginners in drawing. This all day class will provide a great chance to release your inner artist in a unique and inspiring Grade 1 listed building.

You will have the opportunity to learn skills including blending techniques, pointillism, cross-hatching and more. At the end of the workshop you will be able to go home with your own completed artwork.

Art materials and refreshments included. Suitable for ages 16 and over.

Philip Lane Tottenham
Sunday, 26th March 2023, 11.00am to 1.00pm

Join your guide and local historian Oona Kelly on this hidden history walking tour of Philip Lane in South Tottenham. She will point out places along the route to reveal intriguing stories of those who once lived there - including a king, crooks and a coffin maker. Some of them played important roles in shaping the lives of people and impacting on world events.

Meeting point: 11am by the Old Well at the junction of Philip Lane and Tottenham High Road, N15 4JN . The walk will take 2 hours and ends at Downhills Park. Dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear for walking.

sarah cropped
Monday, 27th March 2023, 12.15pm to 1.15pm

Sarah Alston was a wealthy ‘cockney’ woman who lived and moved in all the right places with all of the right people. As the Dowager Duchess of Somerset who became Lady of the Manor at Bruce Castle from 1682, her wealth helped shape the building we see today – a place that was her home, where she entertained and enjoyed walking in its vast grounds.

Luke Howard
Wednesday, 29th March 2023, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Tam Joseph has been fascinated by clouds since childhood, igniting his imagination through their various formations. As Tam says: ‘I would have liked to have had a large enough brush to have painted across the skies’. Come and hear Tam Joseph share his inspirations in person at Bruce Castle and view his stunning portrait of Luke Howard, the Namer of Clouds, currently exhibited. This is an incredible chance to discover more about Tam Joseph’s work and career as an artist without frontiers.

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Henrietta Townsend
Thursday, 30th March 2023, 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Join curator Deborah Hedgecock in the galleries as she shows the exquisite artwork by Henrietta Townsend of Bruce Castle and shares stories of Henrietta's struggles in 18th century society to become Lady of the Manor.

All welcome. Please book your free place via Eventbrite.

For any queries, please contact

Easter cards
Wednesday, 5th April 2023, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Pop down to Bruce Castle and create your own cracked egg card ready to give to someone.

This activity is suitable for ages 3 to 8 years old.

Egg box chicks
Thursday, 6th April 2023, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Learn how to make a nest of baby chicks with just an egg box, scissors and paint!

This activity is suitable for children of all ages.

bunny ears
Wednesday, 12th April 2023, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Get crafting with cotton wool and fur and make your own fluffy bunny ears to wear.

This activity is suitable for children of all ages.

Origami chicks and bunnies
Thursday, 13th April 2023, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Learn the art of paper folding and craft a carrot eating bunny or a chick in an egg.

This activity is suitable for ages 7 to 12 years old.

Holy Trinity Infants group 1888
Tuesday, 18th April 2023, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Picture Gallery – bring your school photo!

The annual school photo is an enduring ritual going back to Edwardian times, when girls sported white aprons and boys their white collars. The class photo became less formal between the wars and later we see the move from everyday clothes to school uniforms of sweatshirts in primary school and blazers in secondary.

Luke Howard Portrait c.1807
Wednesday, 26th April 2023, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

By Professor Gerald Mills, University College Dublin