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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)


10th March

Persian Tribal Rugs

Joshua Lumley talks about the weaving history of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia.


28th April

Nikolaus Pevsner

Susie Harries talks about the art and architecture expert, Nikolaus Pevsner.

Talks in Castle Room


Time: 30 minutes

Cost: £2.60 (concessions £2.10)

No need to book.


Wednesday 11th March

2.30 – 3.15pm

Talk and Archive Session: From Rolls-Royce to Printing Press

Find out more about the inventive wallpaper designs of Edward Bawden, and have a look at some of the papers in the archive.

Higgins Spotlight Sessions


Thursday 5th March

Delving Deeper: Ceramics Through Time

11.30am – 12.30pm

£5.15 (Concessions £4.10)


Join Liz Pieksma, Keeper of Archaeology (and ceramics specialist), for the second in a series of talks exploring ceramics in The Higgins’ collections. This session offers the chance to get up close to pottery from around Roman Empire (c .AD 43-AD 410).

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.


Thursday 26th March 2014

Bedfordshire Lace: The Lester Collection

11.30am – 12.30pm

£5.15 (Concessions £4.10)


Join Lydia Saul, Keeper of Social History, for an exploration of Bedfordshire Maltese lace in the Higgins Collection. This session offers an introductory talk and the chance to view the exquisite designs of the Lester lace collection from the mid 19th Century up close.  Discover why the lace agent Thomas Lester developed the Bedfordshire Maltese style and learn more about the lacemakers who handcrafted these luxury textiles.