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


Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December 2018

Castle Room


View a collection of drawings and photographs presenting the memories of home of Syrian refugee families living in Bedford.  


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Celebrating 100 Years of Polish Independence - An Exhibition of Polish Heritage in Bedford

11th November 2018 - 11th November 2019

Great Bedfordians Gallery





Images Courtesy of Dani Vaughton





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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'Paved with Gold': Bedford's Windrush Generation

6th October 2018 - 24th March 2019

Connections Gallery - Free Entry

Windrush Poster Cropped


Explore the stories of Bedford’s Windrush Generation. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of The Empire Windrush's arrival from the Caribbean to England and to celebrate this, The Higgins Bedford will showcase the memories of the people who settled in Bedford in 1948 and after.


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We are Five - The Higgins Art Collection Favourites Chosen by the People of Bedford

6th October 2018 – 24th March 2019

Wixamtree Gallery – Free Entry

We Are Five Poster



It has been five years since The Higgins Bedford reopened following redevelopment work. To celebrate, we have asked some of the communities, organisations and people we have worked in partnership with to choose their favourite paintings and prints to exhibit.

Enjoy highlights from Bedford’s internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection as well works that have not been on display since we reopened.


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The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective

22nd September - 16th December 2018

Sir William Harpur Gallery - Free entry

urner - The High Street Oxford


J.M.W Turner (1775 – 1851) The High Street, Oxford, 1810

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford




JMW Turner’s painting of The High Street, Oxford is touring the region. Celebrating a successful campaign by the Ashmolean Museum to acquire this masterful view of Oxford, the painting is accompanied by an exhibition exploring the young Turner’s interest in architecture and perspective.


Young Turner BSL Tour

Saturday 8th December   11am

Enjoy a BSL tour and workshop on perspective drawing as part of our current exhibition The Young Turner. In partnership with Access Bedford


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Bawden’s Beasts

10th February 2018 - 27th January 2019

Edward Bawden Gallery – Free Entry


Edward Bawden (1903-1989) Aesop's Fables: Ant and Grasshopper, 1970 Copyright The Edward Bawden Estate


Celebrated artist Edward Bawden’s lifelong preoccupation with all manner of creatures – from delicate insects to farm grazers and domestic pets, and from exotic jungle and desert dwellers to fantastical shape-shifting beasts – are the focus of this enchanting exhibition drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection. 


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