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Clocking In 2010

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Clocking In: An exhibition of the Working Day

27th February - 23rd May 2010 at Bedford Gallery


The exhibition included amazing insights into our working day, highlighting what has remained the same but also how our lives have changed.


"There were still people in Bedford who believed in what they called gold water, which was the water they washed the gold in, having medicinal properties when they drank it or rubbed it in. His job was to go and retrieve the water that they had washed the gold objects in and hand it out gratuitously to the people of Bedford."

Richard Stoodley (speaking about his father working at John Bull & Co from 1920 to 1970)

Clocking In Exhibition poster by Jonny Hannah

We commissioned artist Jonny Hannah to design a poster to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Limited editions of the poster, printed by Jonny Hannah at ‘Cake and Ale Press’, were available for sale at the exhibition.


The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford would like to acknowledge the following people for their assistance with the exhibition:


Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service

Pavenham Rushwork (www.pavenhamvillage.u-net.com/rushwork)

Cranfield University (www.cranfield.ac.uk)

Edible Ornamentals (www.edibleornamentals.co.uk)

The Potton Brewery Company (www.potton-brewery.co.uk)

Jordans (www.jordanscereals.co.uk)

Garden Friends (www.gardenfriendsvegetablebox.com)

Blue Bear Systems Research (www.bbsr.co.uk)

RAE Bedford Heritage Group

Allen’s Heritage Group

Aircraft Research Association (www.ara.co.uk)

Marks & Spencer Company Archive (marksintime.marksandspencer.com)

Goldings of Bedford (http://home.btconnect.com/goldings.bedford/)

John Bull & Co (Bedford) Ltd (www.johnbulljewellers.co.uk)

Harrison & Simmonds (www.h-s.co.uk)