Haringey Local History Fair

Event date: 16th February 2019

Type of Event: Local History Event

Event Location: Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive

Saturday 16 February, 11am to 4.30pm

Discover more about Haringey’s wonderful history and community heritage at the annual Haringey Local History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive.

It is a chance to get involved, network and browse stalls from different local organisations from around the borough showcasing the area's heritage. You can visit the Archive Searchroom to see special displays from the archive collections and talk to Archive staff to find out how to use the service and undertake research.


Stalls and groups at the Fair:

The Bruce Grove Stories (and Bruce Grove Public Conveniences) Project; Edmonton Hundred Historical Society; Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre; Friends of Bruce Castle; Friends of Tottenham Marshes; Haringey Vanguard BAME LGBTQ+ Project; Hornsey Historical Society; Ian Christie – early film historian on film-pioneer Robert Paul (of Muswell Hill); The Latin American Sounds of Pueblio Paisa Project; The London, Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society; Markfield Beam Engine and Museum; New River Action Group; Radical History of North London Network; Steve Amor – Artist; Tottenham Civic Society; Tottenham Hotspur Foundation; Tottenham Outrage History – author; Vartry Road History – author; Woodbury Down Community History.

All-day talks programme

11.15am: The Land Under Our Feet: the Dorset Survey 1619 map of Tottenham
On its 400th anniversary, Christine Protz (local historian and Friend of Bruce Castle), shares the highlights and importance to our local heritage of one of the first-known mapping surveys of Tottenham. Many may know it as ‘the upside-down map’.

11.50am: Black Georgian Londoners: Priscilla Wakefield’s Sancho
Deborah Hedgecock (Curator, Bruce Castle Museum), looks at portraits in the museum exhibition alongside the character ‘Sancho’ from Priscilla Wakefield’s book ‘Excursions in North America’. Was he based on the real-life black Georgian Londoner, Ignatius Sancho? Listen to Tottenham Theatre as they give a voice to Ignatius Sancho’s own writings.

12.15pm: 50 years Ago: Haringey-Koblenz,1969
From 1945 onwards, the town twinning movement paired many towns from countries previously divided by war. Passionately supported by mayors and local citizens, Haringey twinned with the German town of Koblenz in 1969. Stephen Whittle (Haringey Koblenz Friendship Association), guides us through five decades of this civic friendship, and celebrates the lives of those who, like the late Vic McRae, truly dedicated themselves to its activities.

Break: 1-2pm Reflections – a special tribute
Our slideshow of pictures (running during the break), remembers those we have lost in 2018: David ‘Tec’ Evans, Jim Deamer, Jim Clark, Ray Swain, Vic McRae and Chris Whitehouse

2pm: Half a century of the Victoria Line,1969
Travel back in time with transport historian Chris Barker as he looks at the completion and official opening of the Victoria Line in 1969. Many will remember the opening of Seven Sisters tube station in 1968 on the Walthamstow to Highbury & Islington section. 50 years on, the line is said to be the second most frequent service in the world.

2.35pm: Celebrating 150 years of Finsbury Park
Find out more from The Friends of Finsbury Park as they share their passion for the park’s history and their plans to mark this special anniversary in 2019.

3.10-3.30pm Tea break

3.35pm Haringey Vanguard - an exploration of Haringey's Black and Minority Ethnic LGBT heritage
The Haringey Vanguard project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, marks LGBT History Month with a short film showing Haringey’s pivotal role in UK LGBT heritage.

4.05pm Remembering the evacuation of WW2
2019 sees the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of children in the Second World War. Oral history recordings and evocative film-footage recall the experience. An additional short film shows local celebrations marking peace from the Great War twenty years earlier in 1919.

Please note: talks are sometimes subject to change.

The Old Kitchen will be serving teas, coffee and cake all day.