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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)


Tuesday 9th June

Seven Modern Artists We Should Know Better


James Russell offers a tantalising alternative vision of 20th century British art, discussing a small group of artists who all enjoyed success in their lifetime but are not necessarily appreciated today by the critics: Eric Ravilious is probably the most familiar of the group, alongside Norfolk landscape painter Edward Seago, Winifred Nicholson, Algernon Newton, New Zealand-born painter Frances Hodgkins, flawed genius Christopher Wood, and Richard Eurich.

Higgins spotlight series

Highlighting in more depth particular aspects of our exhibitions

programme and collections. Cost: £5.15 (concessions £4.10)

Booking essential.


Delving Deeper: Ceramics Through Time 3

Wednesday 10th June 11.30am -12.30pm

Join Liz Pieksma, Keeper of Archaeology (and ceramics specialist), for the third in a series of talks exploring ceramics in The Higgins Bedford’s collections. This session offers the chance to get up close to pottery from the Dark Ages to the Medieval period (410-1300 AD). By examining pottery recovered from excavations, archaeologists can learn how and where it was made, as well as how it was used in domestic and ritual contexts.


Hidden History: An Archaeological Amble Around Bedford

Friday 10th July 11am (walk will last about an hour)

Booking essential. Cost: £5.15 (concession £4.10)

Meet at The Higgins Bedford.


Join us on a walk back in time and discover the wealth of archaeological heritage hidden under our feet within Bedford town centre. We will start at The Higgins Bedford and on our way will explore Ice Age mammals, Saxon churches, medieval fortifications and Bedford Castle, the site of an important and bloody power struggle. We will end up back at The Higgins Bedford where we can get up close to some of the archaeological artefacts found in Bedford, on display in the Settlement Gallery. The walk is suitable for most ages and abilities. Bring a brolly just in case!


Bawden’s Book Illustration

Thursday 13th August  11.30am -12.30pm

Booking essential. Cost: £5.15 (concession £4.10)


Join Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts, for a longer look at Edward

Bawden’s book illustrations to accompany the current exhibition. The session will

include a chance to explore illustrations from the archive, including original drawings for Bawden’s Puffin Picture Book The Arabs, linocuts for Chronicles of King Arthur and art work for Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert.