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 >
Cost: £3 (Friends), £8 (Guests)
Architecture for Animals: Menageries and Aviaries in
Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century England
Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum,
will discuss the menageries and aviaries of 18th Century
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.
John Craxton – Artist
Ian Collins, John Craxton’s authorised biographer, will talk
about the artist’s extraordinary life at the heart of 20th century
Lunchtime Talks in Castle Room
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: £2.50 (concessions £2)
Starting at 1pm
No need to book.
‘Beyond Action and Reaction’ Expressionism, Cubism and
Exploring the artists associated with this explosive period in
European art – the perfect introduction to the current
From Rolls-Royce to Printing Press
A look at Edward Bawden’s inventive wallpaper designs– the
perfect introduction to the current exhibition.
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)
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