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Joining The Friends of The Higgins Bedford

Join the friends of The Higgins Bedford




The Friends organisation plays an important part in the life of the art gallery and museum, and individual members enjoy an excellent range of benefits; joining the Friends will put you at the heart of The Higgins Bedford.








The Friends provide support towards The Higgins Bedford by:

  • Contributing fund to support the work in the museum and galleries
  • Fostering general interest in The Higgins Bedford
  • Providing volunteers to enhance visitor experience and deliver more activities and events

Membership Rates

  • £25 annual individual membership
  • £40 annual joint membership
  • £10 annual student membership


How To Join the Friends

To become a member of the Friends, please complete and return the application form, and either fill out the standing order form, or send us your cheque. The subscription year runs from 1st September.


Download the latest membership application form here.

Visit the Friends of the Higgins Website.

Lectures 2019

Meetings start at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford. Places are limited so please arrive promptly.

Tickets - Members £4, Non-Members £9


Dr Todd Longstaffe-Gowan - Hampton Court Gardens

Tuesday 3rd September

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect, historian, author and collector who will discuss some of the dramatic landscape improvements which have happened at Hampton Court Palace.


David Boyd Haycock - Augustus John

Tuesday 10th September 

David Boyd Haycock is Curator of the Augustus John exhibition at Salisbury this year from May to September. He read ‘Modern History’ at the University of Oxford, and has an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in History. Formerly an academic at the universities of Oxford and London, and a Curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, he is now a freelance writer, lecturer and curator, specializing in British art and culture of the early twentieth century.


Dr Bob Hook - The Swift

Tuesday 24th September

Swifts are birds in trouble, with their breeding numbers plummeting – down 51% in the UK between 1995 and 2015 making them an amber-listed species. Swift authority Bob Hook will look at why there are so few parties of swifts nowadays - what might be affecting them and what is happening locally to help find homes for these iconic birds of Summer.


Dr Anne Daye - Regency, Jane Austen and Dance

Tuesday 15th October

Anne Daye has an encyclopaedic knowledge on the topic of dance, and will treat us to a vivid account of the characters, costumes, music and set design of the Regency period.


Barry Venning - Artists' Feuds

Tuesday 29th October

Paint Brushes at Dawn is the tongue-in-cheek title of Barry Venning’s amusing lecture about feuds, disputes and rows in the art world through the centuries. While researching, Barry found many instances of major feuds between artists, and eventually narrowed his choice down to five including John Constable v. Joseph Turner and Banksy v. King Robbo.