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Exhibitions image of Fanny Cornforth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (detail)

Dreams and Nightmares

12th October 2019 - 22nd March 2020

Wixamtree and Connections Galleries, Free Entry

Discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this exhibition drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection. Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams with artworks by William Blake, Pablo Picasso, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and more.


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Tibbs Dementia Art Activitea: Brushstrokes Art Exhibition

Continues until 24th November 2019

Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry













View an incredible display of art works created by people living with dementia, recovering from strokes and the people who care for them. The artworks on display range from watercolours of local scenes to 3D and multi-media work. Each piece presents the unique individuality of the artist and their experiences with dementia and in stroke recovery.


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Edward Bawden - Home and Abroad

Continues Until 26th January 2020

Edward Bawden Gallery, Free entry


A keen observer of the world around him, Bawden often chose subjects close to home. The villages and farmyards of rural Essex and London’s monumental buildings and train stations were frequent subjects. Yet Bawden was very well travelled and visited Africa, the Middle East, Canada and many parts of Europe.


Home and Abroad presents the places that feature in Bawden’s work and explores how his surroundings shaped and influenced his art.


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Spotlight on the Collections Display

Spotlight Gallery, Free Entry


The Spotlight Gallery currently hosts a display of Greek coins from our collections. Future displays will explore a wide range of themes, including objects and their stories from our stores, recent archaeological finds from around Bedford and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.


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RAE Bedford and Concorde Display

Continues Until June 2020, Free Entry


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British prototype Concorde 002's maiden flight. Explore RAE Bedford's contribution and the evolution of Concorde's design.


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Poland: in Bedford

Continues until January 2021

Great Bedfordians Gallery, Free Entry


Explore the stories of Bedford's Polish community in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence. Follow their experiences of early life in Poland, memories of migration, journeys to Britain and life after settling in Bedford.


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