History fair in Bruce Castle, Tottenham

This Is Local London: Owen with his Molly Spoon Owen with his Molly Spoon

People reminisced about days gone by at a history fair to highlight the changes Haringey has seen in the past one hundred years.

Bruce Castle, in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, was brimming with people interested in finding out more about the area’s heritage.

Photographs of the old town were scattered across tables as historians gave enthusiastic talks about the history of the New River, Hornsey, Wood Green and Tottenham.

John Hinshelwood, author of Stroud Green - A History and Five Walks, said: “Hornsey is an area very rich in history so it’s important we preserve it.

“We are telling the next generation of people what happened in the past, the way the area was shaped, and the things that happened which have made the borough what it is today.”

There was a talk on maternity and child health in Haringey before the NHS, and a film screening on Tottenham - Then and Now - by the Tottenham Young Heritage Ambassadors.

The Molly Spoon Archive also held an interactive session for children, as they uncovered hidden lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stories from days gone by.

Children were given the chance to craft a figurine using just a wooden spoon, glue, sequins and pieces of felt, which will be showcased in the museum's galleries.

Owen Morris, eight, said: “I am just about to start learning about the Second World War in school and history is one of my best subjects, so I have really liked learning about how Haringey used to be.

“It was really fun making the spoon. I made a chimney sweep, which I was very proud of.”

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