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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.

 

Hidden History: An Archaeological Amble Around Bedford Town Centre

Friday 11 September: Walk 1100-1200

Max 15 people per tour/session

No booking required

 

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!

The walk will last about an hour. 

This walk is free thanks to the support of the Bedford High Street Townscape Heritage Initiative.

 

There are 4 car parking spaces at the entrance of The Higgins Bedford for visitors with Accessible Parking Permits or Blue Badges.

 

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)

 

Lectures 2015 - 2016

Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford

Tickets - Friends £3, Guests £8

 

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Dr Simon Harris

The Life and Violent Death of Admiral Shovell

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650--‐1707) was the Royal Navy's most active

commander of the Marlborough era and his experiences included every type of naval

operation of the 17th and early 18th centuries. Shovell drowned, along with more than

1400 of his sailors, as they returned from besieging Toulon during the War of the Spanish Succession.

 

Thursday 8th October 2015

(please note change from our usual Tuesday to a Thursday)

Cecilia Powell

A Wonderful Range of Watercolours: Bedford’ Rich CollecCon of Turners

In June 1813 John Constable sat next to Turner at a dinner and was surprised to find that he had ‘a wonderful range of mind’. The Turners at the Higgins, which will be the focus of this talk, demonstrate not only the breadth of Turner’s interests but also his growing mastery of watercolour from the 1790s.

 

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Liz Pieksma

Saxon Jewellery

Metalwork was the most highly regarded form of art among the Saxons and

Anglo‐Saxons, but very little survives –this examination will put the Wilden

brooch, newly‐acquired by The Higgins Bedford with help from the Friends, in context.

 

Tuesday 2 December 2015

Professor Frances Spalding

Gwen Raverat

Gwen Raverat, a skilled wood engraver, is as well known today for her memoir, ‘Period

Piece’, and its evocation of Victorian Cambridge and her eccentric Darwin relations

(she was Charles’s grand‐daughter).


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.