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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

London’s College for Skills


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Caption: Fininish exchange and College construction students lowering the cannon onto its new carriage To see the full set of photographs of Joni and Riku measuring up for the cannon carriage and meeting with Bruce Castle Museum staff click on this link.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London hosted an exchange visit for two Finnish construction students from Turku College in February. The Finnish carpenters spent two weeks working closely with Bruce Castle Museum historians to design and build a replacement carriage for the cannon at the museum.

The students, Joni Hjelt and Riku Merisaari greatly enjoyed their stay. Joni said: "It was an interesting experience to work with the College and help create a piece of work that has become part of English heritage." Riku said: "We have enjoyed great hospitality at the College and we both really appreciate the visits arranged for us." The students were treated to tours of the V&A Design Museum, the London Eye and they also went to a football match.

The original idea of building a new carriage for the cannon was agreed when Paul Head, College Principal and Chief Executive visited the Museum and met curators there last year. The College's Head of Construction, Tony Smith, realised this would make an ideal project for the exchange students.

Tony said: "The College's School of Construction was delighted to be working on such a prestigious project bringing life back to the cannon which had been lying dormant for over 15 years covered in moss and rust."

For the future, the College's Construction students will be taking part in work experience placements at the Museum, to include invaluable work on other practical heritage projects for schools' use, improvements to static display areas and assistance with painting and decorating."

Bruce Castle Museum Curator, Deborah Hedgecock said: "We are delighted to have been able to host this wonderful project and we are so pleased to have the new carriage for the cannon. The students have made a few dreams come true! Local residents and schools have been waiting a long time to see the cannon on a carriage – and now we can all admire and appreciate it. The project marks a great and important opportunity for work experience placements at Bruce Castle Museum for students from the College to contribute to caring for their local heritage here in Tottenham."

Jane O'Neill College Interim Principal and Chief Executive, concluded: "The College is delighted to be working with Turku College in Finland giving students an opportunity to experience educational exchanges between our two colleges."
Construction at the College offers a wide range of qualifications from carpentry, painting and decorating, bricklaying, multi skilled, plumbing and electrical installation to auto-cad courses. 

The College would like to thank Bruce Castle Museum for allowing us to take part in this exciting project.

If you are interested in a course in Construction, browse the construction courses we offer by clicking on this link.

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Caption: The Bruce Castle Museum cannon on its new carriage contructed by Finnish Exchange students Joni and Riku.

Editors' Notes

• To find out more about Bruce Castle Museum visit:

• The College has a long history dating back to 1716. In 1818 it was bought by the Society of Friends (Quakers) and opened in 1829 as a Quaker boarding school. Grove House School had a nationwide reputation and was noted for its advanced curriculum and absence of corporal punishment.

It produced a number of distinguished graduates, including eleven future members of Parliament. One of these was WE Forster (1818-1886), a member of a local Tottenham Quaker family. He took the 1870 Education Act through Parliament, ensuring every child was entitled to at least an elementary education. For more information visit:,_Enfield_and_North_East_London

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