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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 thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk or call on 01234 718618 to speak to Lydia or Victoria about your memories.


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 thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk 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 whole.