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Calendar of Events at The Higgins Bedford


Sankofa: Bedfordshire's Black History Uncovered

There will be a programme of events and activities to compliment Sankofa, including a debate, talks, workshops, and African and Caribbean Day and a hair conference.

Please keep an eye on our website for further information and details. 

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Break The Stigma - Art display challenging prejudice and discrimination around mental health


The Higgins Bedford celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10th with the launch of our new mindful art display, created by service users and people with a lived experience of mental health issues. The artwork was created over a series of workshops in partnership with Dr Ben Salmons; Break the Stigma Campaign lead at East London NHS foundation and Damon Poulton; local artist.


The art, and creative writing/poetry about the works, will be on display from 10th October outside the Settlement Gallery.


150 years of Goldings Ironmongers

We are celebrating 150 years of Goldings Ironmongers with a display in the Somewhere in England gallery. In 1867 William Day set up his Ironmongery business Day & Sons on the High Street; this was later to be taken over by William Golding in 1899.

We're celebrating the owners and staff and displaying some historic items from the shop storeroom that we hope will bring back memories for you..


Gallery Tour - Edward Bawden and his Studio

Tuesday 21st November 2017 1pm - 1.45pm (booking essential)

Cost: £2.80 (£2.30 concessions)

Join exhibition curator, Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime tour of Edward Bawden and his Studio


Holocaust Memorial Programme

Holocaust Memorial Day is Saturday 27 January 2018. The theme for 2018 is the Power of Words.

The Higgins Bedford is working with the Anne Frank Trust UK; URUMURI – The Rwandan Survivors’ Association in the UK; Remembering Srebrenica and Bedford Council of Faiths to create a programme of events to remember past genocides. We plan to have an exhibition; a major event and workshops around the theme – the Power of Words. For details please email rosie.newbigging@bedford.gov.uk or ring 01234 276365.


British Sign Language Exhibition Tour and Workshop with Access Bedford

Saturday 10th February 11am - 1pm

The Higgins Bedford

Free event (Booking essential)

Join Peter and Carla from Access Bedford for this Deaf BSL tour of A Walk in the Woods, followed by an art workshop. For more information check www.accessbedford.wordpress.com

This is a British Sign Language only event – no oral instruction will be given. To book your place please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk


OUTing The Past: 4th National Festival of LGBT History

Saturday 17th February

Free Event  

All welcome


The Higgins Bedford will be one of the new venues hosting ‘OUTing The Past: The 4th National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History’. This year’s theme for LGBT History Month which runs throughout February 2018 is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’ and will be the focus of the talks for the OUTing the Past Festival. Watch this space for the full programme of talks – coming soon.


There are Saturday Archaeology Workshops for 8 - 16 year olds. Take a look here for details of upcoming sessions.


The Friends of the Higgins Bedford arrange regular lectures which are open to the public. Take a look for details of upcoming lectures.


There are regular Archaeology Walk and Talk Sessions covering a wide variety of topics. Click here for details of upcoming sessions.


*Note: All prices for events marked with an * may be subject to change. Prices are reviewed annually in January.