Finnish students Joni Hjelt and Riku Merisaari restore historic cannon at Bruce Castle Museum

Finnish students Joni Hjelt and Riku Merisaari restored a old cannon at Bruce Castle Museum

The restored cannon at Bruce Castle Museum

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Two exchange students from Finland used their construction skills to restore an old cannon to its former glory.

Joni Hjelt and Riku Merisaari were hosted by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London from Turku College in February.

The carpentry students spent two weeks working closely with Bruce Castle Museum historians to design and build a replacement carriage for the museum's cannon.

Mr Hjelt 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.”

His friend Mr Merisaari said: “We have enjoyed great hospitality at the college and we both really appreciate the visits arrange for us.”

The original idea of building a new carriage for the cannon was agreed when Paul Head, the college’s principal and chief executive, visited the museum and met curators there last year.

Tony Smith, the college’s head of construction, realised this would make an ideal project for the exchange students.

Mr Smith 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 more than 15 years covered in moss and rust.”

The museum’s 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.”

As well as getting the chance to work on the cannon, the exchange students were treated to tours of the V&A Design Museum, the London Eye and a Premier League football match.

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