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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)


Lectures 2015 - 2016

Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford

Tickets - Friends £3, Guests £8



Wednesday 2nd 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).


Tuesday 12th January 2016

David Baker - 'Rusts and Crusts and Frusts of Time'; Gilbert White's Selborne Priory

Pioneer naturalist Gilbert White's (1720 - 1793) classic book, 'The Natural History of Selbourne' has made his Hampshire village and its environs, which include the site of an Augustinian priory, famous around the world.


Tuesday 9th February 2016

Amanda Bradley - Stanley Spencer and Sandham Memorial Chapel

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 - 1925

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 12th April 2016

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 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.