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Get more from your visit by coming along to one of our regular talks or tours. If you're a member of a group that may be interested in coming along to a talk or tour, have a look at our Bringing a group page.


The Friends of the Higgins Bedford have regular talks - read more about joining The Friends here >


Friends lectures

Tuesdays, 7.30pm

Cost: £3 (Friends), £8 (Guests)


14th October

Dora Carrington

Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art at The Higgins Bedford, will talk about the life and work of Dora Carrington.


11th November

Architecture for Animals: Menageries and Aviaries in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century England

Tim Know, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, will discuss the place of the stuffed animal in the English interior.


2nd December

The Dummy Board – A Forgotten Folk Art Form

Susanne Newstead will talk about the origins of the dummy board figure – the earliest known of which is of Charles the Good of Flanders and dates from the 13th century.


13th January

John Craxton – Artist

Ian Collins, John Craxton’s authorised biographer, will talk about the artist’s extraordinary life at the heart of 20th century British art.


Lunchtime Talks in Castle Room

Time: 30 minutes

Cost: £2.50 (concessions £2)

Starting at 1pm

No need to book.


9th October

Introductory tour to Highlanders exhibition

Come for an introductory tour with the curator of our exhibition, Highlanders: Billeted in Bedford. The exhibition, part of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, tells the story of the Highland troops billeted in Bedford whilst training for active service on the Western Front.

No need to book, but places are limited, so first come, first served on the day.


13th November

‘Beyond Action and Reaction’ Expressionism, Cubism and Vorticism

Exploring the artists associated with this explosive period in European art – the perfect introduction to the current exhibition.


27th November

From Rolls-Royce to Printing Press

A look at Edward Bawden’s inventive wallpaper designs– the perfect introduction to the current exhibition.


11th December

Expressionist Prints

A look at how Expressionist artists embraced printmaking as a way of disseminating their images and ideas, and promoting social and political causes.



Higgins spotlight series

Highlighting in more depth particular aspects of our exhibitions programme and collections.

Cost: £5 (concessions £4)

Booking recommended


Thursday 23rd October

11.30am – 12.30pm

Delving Deeper: Ceramics through Time

Join Liz Pieksma, Keeper of Archaeology (and ceramics specialist), for the first in a series of talks exploring ceramics in The Higgins’ collections. This first session offers the chance to get up close to pottery from the Neolithic period through to the Iron Age (c.3,400 BC – AD 43). By examining pottery recovered from excavations, archaeologists can learn how and where it was made and how it was used in domestic and ritual contexts.


11th November

11.30am – 12.30pm

Highlanders: Billeted in Bedford

Join local historian Richard Galley for a talk accompanying this latest exhibition. Richard was inspired to research the story of the Highlanders in Bedford after discovering the diary of Private Hugh MacArthur. He is in the process of writing a book about his research and has assisted The Higgins Bedford with developing this exhibition.