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 'Paved with Gold': Bedford's Windrush Generation

Online Exhibition


To celebrate Windrush Day, The Higgins Bedford has placed the photographs that were featured in 'Paved with Gold': Bedford's Windrush Generation exhibition online. The exhibition was originally on display in in the museum from 6th October 2018 - 24th March 2019. Explore the stories of the people that settled in Bedford, and the contributions they have made to the community.


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Dreams and Nightmares

12th October 2019 - 22nd March 2020

Wixamtree and Connections Galleries, Free Entry


Discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this exhibition drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection. Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams with artworks by William Blake, Pablo Picasso, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and more.


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Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

8th February 2020 - 24th January 2021

Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry


Explore the passion for architecture of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the buildings featured in his work.


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 Home Photography Exhibition


Continues Until 29th March 2020

Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry


Bedford Homeless Partnership proudly presents a photography display by artists with personal experience of homelessness. This promises to challenge perceptions, provoke discussion and raise awareness of what ‘home’ really means to people on the streets, in hostels and refuges


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Hull Grundy & Cecil Higgins

Continues until April 2020, Free Entry


This display focuses on the lesser known items in the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection; jewellery and snuff boxes. Three quarters of the jewellery collection was donated by Anne Hull Grundy in the 1970s, including unique and fashionable mass produced pieces. The snuff boxes were items that Cecil Higgins personally collected, made of precious materials such as ivory and gold.


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RAE Bedford and Concorde

Continues Until June 2020, Free Entry 


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British prototype Concorde 002's maiden flight. Explore RAE Bedford's contribution and the evolution of Concorde's design.


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Poland : in Bedford

Continues Until January 2021

Great Bedfordians Gallery, Free Entry

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Explore the stories of Bedford's Polish community in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence. Follow their experiences of early life in Poland, memories of migration, journeys to Britain and life after settling in Bedford.


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Spotlight on the Collections

Spotlight Gallery, Free Entry 


The Spotlight Gallery currently hosts a display of Greek coins from our collections. Future displays will explore a wide range of themes, including objects and their stories from our stores, recent archaeological finds from around Bedford and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.


Find out more about the display here >