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)
Lectures 2015 - 2016
Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm
at The Higgins Bedford
Tickets - Friends £3, Guests
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Amanda Bradley - Stanley Spencer and Sandham Memorial
A look at the epic series of murals by Stanley Spencer at
Sandham Memorial Chapel in Berkshire. Painted to honor
the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, the murals were
inspired by Spencer's own experiences at the front.
Tuesday 8th March 2016
Sacha Llewellyn - 'The intense beauty of Italy';
Winifred Knights at the British School at Rome, 1920 -
In May 2016 a major exhibition of Winifred Knights (1899 - 1947)
will open at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 1920 Knights became
the first British woman to win the prestigious Rome Scholarship.
Her letters, photographs and artwork provide a vivid picture of her
five-year stay in Italy.
Tuesday 22nd March
Friends’ lecture - Stephen Cockings and Elizabeth Sayer –
Archaeological Discoveries at Manton Lane, Bedford
The discovery of the remains of an elaborate complex of Roman
buildings at Manton Lane in Bedford is giving new insights into the
area's Roman past. Stephen Cockings and Elizabeth Sayer, lead
archaeologists on the project, will discuss the finds made on site
and set them in context.
Tuesday 12th April 2016
Metalwork was the most highly regarded form of art among the
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 17th May 2016
Thomas Williams - The Origin of The School of London
1925 - 1945
Painters grouped under the School of London banner include
Francis Bacon, Leon Kossof, Euan Uglow, Lucian Freud and Frank
Auerbach; they are united by a special interest in figurative
painting and a particular fixation on the human body itself.