Walks

Walks and talks on a variety of topics and in a variety of places around Bruce Castle Museum are organised on a regular basis. 

Black History Tour with Avril Nanton: West Green Road Legacy Walk

Thursday 6 October - Free

  • Start: Meet at 11am outside Costa Coffee, 261 Tottenham High Road, N15 4RR by the junction of Tottenham High Road/West Green Road, near Seven Sisters tube station. 
  • Ends: At Bruce Castle Museum and Archive, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU
     
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Portrait of Avril Nanton

Take a walk with tour guide Avril Nanton and explore the history of this well-known road in Tottenham.

With Avril you will discover more about pioneering trailblazers Dyke & Dryden and their beauty and hair products, Bernie Grant MP for Tottenham, and internationally renowned textile designer Althea McNish - and where they started their businesses, established their workplaces, or set up home.

Heavily influenced by the large African and Caribbean population, most people are not aware of the famous people who have lived in this street, making important contributions to the area and to Black British history in general. 

Starting outside Costa Coffee and finishing at Black Boy Lane, this walk will take in some of the well-known shops past and present along West Green Road, including Uncle John’s Bakery and Bodies Music, some of the 20 Black hair and beauty shops that line the street, as well as stopping by the lesser-known Windrush monument, and, not forgetting, the home of textile designer Althea McNish, the woman who designed for the Queen. 

This special free walk is organised by Bruce Castle Museum and Archive and accompanies the current exhibition ‘We’re In Business’.
 

Maximum number on tour is 20 people.

Places can be booked in advance through Avril's Walks and Talks (external link).


 

Curator’s Tour of 400 years of Black History - In and Around Bruce Castle

Saturday 8 October, 10.30am - Free

Start: Meet from 10.15am (tour starts 10.30am) at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU

Ends: Tottenham Cemetery, White Hart Lane, N17 

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Drawing of All Hallow's Church in Tottenham

Come along and hear from Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum and Archive, on this special free walking tour in and around the area of Bruce Castle taking in over 400 years of Tottenham’s Black history.

Starting off at Bruce Castle itself, this historical tour will take in original objects and art on display in the Museum, and then guide you around Bruce Castle Park, and nearby Lancasterian Primary School, All Hallows’ Church and Graveyard, before ending at Tottenham Cemetery.

Just sign up for your free place to explore and find out more about the fascinating people, the places associated with them and their legacy to Tottenham and British history from the past four centuries.

This special free walk is organised by Bruce Castle Museum and Archive.
 

Maximum number on tour is 35.

Places can be booked for free through the Museum by email at museum.services@haringey.gov.uk

 


 

Black History Tour of Historic Tottenham with Avril Nanton – Seven Sisters to Bruce Grove

Sunday 16 October - Free

Start: Meet at 11am outside Costa Coffee, 261 Tottenham High Road, N15 4RR by the junction of Tottenham High Road/West Green Road, near Seven Sisters tube station. 
Ends: At Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU

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Members of a Tottenham walk outside Bruce Castle Museum

Join tour guide Avril Nanton on this free guided walk for Black History Month, taking in the historic heart of Tottenham from Seven Sisters station on the High Road to enigmatic Bruce Castle.

The tour takes in the main High Road area looking at Tottenham Green, the police station, the old Tottenham Royal, and other events taking place in Tottenham. Along the way you will discover more about King Philip of Spain when he arrived in England in 1554 to marry Queen Mary, bringing with him his Blackamoor servants. When King Philip left England many years later, his servants remained and built a life for themselves in Tottenham. Come and hear their fascinating stories.

This special free walk is organised by Bruce Castle Museum and Archive.
 

Maximum number on tour is 20 people.

Places can be booked in advance through Avril's Walks and Talks (external link).