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Under the Same Sky

3rd October 2020 - 11th April 2021

Wixamtree and Connections Galleries, Free Entry


In this art and social history exhibition, discover the local impact of the weather alongside artists depictions of the sky above. Highlights include stories of the founders of the National Meteorological Society, the weather forecasters for the airships at Cardington and the recorders of rainfall, accompanied by artworks by JMW Turner, Alfred Sisley, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash, Edouard Manet and more. 


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Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

8th February 2020 - 6th June 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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The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Sculpture Collection

20th October 2020 – May 2021

Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry


To celebrate the Cecil Higgins sculpture collection featuring on Art UK as part of its online showcase of publicly owned sculpture, The Higgins Bedford is displaying some of the highlights from the collection. Ranging from the 18th century to the present day, the collection features artists such as Auguste Renoir, Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein.


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Hull Grundy & Cecil Higgins

Higgins House, 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 25th October 2020

Outside Somewhere in England Gallery, 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

Great Bedfordians Gallery, Free Entry

poish independence 

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.


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The Fabric of Bedford: The Harpur Trust Art Competition

Online Exhibition


Before the Covid-19 pandemic, The Harpur Trust Art Competition would have culminated in an exhibition at The Higgins Bedford, but is now available to view online only.


This is an online exhibition of selected works produced by local children and young people aged 4-18 from across Bedford Borough schools. The Fabric of Bedford captures the heart of Bedford life in a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking and collage. 


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'Paved with Gold': Bedford's Windrush Generation

Online Exhibition


Explore the stories of the people that settled in Bedford, and the contributions they have made to the community in this online exhibition.


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