Coming up in February 2017 The Higgins Bedford
will be celebrating LGBT History Month.
The theme for 2017 is Citizenship, PSHE and
Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial
decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
We will be recognising this anniversary with a
display about LGBT history, an opportunity for our visitors to
participate in an LGBT trail around the galleries and to contribute
their own thoughts for our ‘rainbow of record’.
The team at The Higgins Bedford have been working with members
of the community and representatives from community organisations
to develop ways to improve visibility and increase representation
for LGBT History in Bedford.
If you have memories and photographs of the Barley Mow pub over
the years, the team would really like to hear from you – get in
touch at email@example.com or
call on 01234 718618 to speak to Lydia or Victoria about your
There will be an LGBT History trail around The Higgins Bedford
to highlight stories and facts about some of the artefacts already
on display at the museum. On the 23rd
February at 12 noon Adrian Woodhouse will be at The
Higgins Bedford to talk about the life of the photographer Angus
McBean, who was imprisoned for homosexuality in 1942 but was able
to successfully resume his career after the second world war.
McBean produced surreal and romantic portraits of the film
stars and musicians of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
If you have memories to share or would like to
be involved with developing LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 01234 718618 to speak to Victoria or Lydia.
LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity for
the benefit of the public by:
- Increasing the visibility of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives
and their experiences.
- Raising awareness and advancing
education on matters affecting the LGBT community.
- Working to make educational and other
institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities.
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT people,
by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT
people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to
society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a