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)
The Tomb of Kha
Dr Eleni Vassilika will talk about the tomb of Kha, architect to
three Pharoahs. Kha’s tomb lay untouched for 3,000 years before
being uncovered in 1906. Dr Vassilika is Chief Curator of the
National Trust’s collections.
Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art at The
Higgins Bedford, will talk about the life and work of Dora
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.
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.
A Cabinet of Curiosities
The Higgins bedford's volunteer, melissa, looks at the history
of the cabinet of Curiosities and talks about her work developing
our own 'cabinet of wonders'.
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.
‘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)
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.
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