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Bunyan to Brickworks


The Journey From Bunyan to the Brickworks

6 April 2019 – 29 September 2019

Connections Gallery – Free Entry


Many people found inspiration in the life story and writings of John Bunyan. His story is mirrored in the stories of the people that travelled to Bedford in the wake of the Second World War to work at the Brickworks. 


Explore the journey of pride, inspiration and hope made by Bunyan who was imprisoned for his beliefs, alongside the difficult journeys to Bedford made by those who came to work at the Brickworks after the Second World War.



Image: Fuelling the brick firing kilns, London Brick Company, Stewartby, 1952 © The Mutual Security Agency


The exhibition is a collaborative Heritage Lottery funded project between John Bunyan Museum and The Bedford Chronicles. Previously exhibited at John Bunyan Museum during 2017.




Bunyan to Brickworks Events, Talks & Tours:


John Bunyan, Bedford and Beyond by John Pestell

Tuesday 7th May, 12 noon

£5.90 (£4.70 concessions)

John Pestell, author of Travel with John Bunyan, outlines the life and times of John Bunyan.


Reminiscence Session: Bunyan to the Brickworks

Thursday 9th May, 11am

Free Entry, £1 for Refreshments

Based on exhibition ‘Pride Inspiration Hope’ The Journey From Bunyan to the Brickworks. Explore Bedford’s long heritage as a town looking at both John Bunyan’s journey and the journey taken to Bedford by many people who came to work in the Brickworks after the Second World War, rebuilding both Bedfordshire and Britain.


Pride, Inspiration, Hope: Bedfordshire Brickworks Day

Saturday 25th May

11am - 4pm, Free

Enjoy a day of music, talks, activities and sharing memories of all things brickworks. There will be folk songs and stories with performances from local musicians, Invisible Folk. Participate in the panel discussion, share your memories and build our wall of inspiration.


From Open Fields to Fletton Bricks: a history of landscapes in Bedfordshire from John Bunyan to Sir Malcolm Stewart by Brian Kerr

Sunday 26 May

2pm, Free

Two historical figures bookend this period of change in the Bedfordshire landscape. Bunyan used the topography of Bedfordshire to inform his writing and Stewart gave his name to Stewartby, the town built for the workers at London Brick.