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Under the Same Sky

3rd October 2020 - 27 June 2021

Wixamtree and Connections Gallery, 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 - January 2022

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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 Sculpture v.2

The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Sculpture Collection

20th October 2020 – Autumn 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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Redbornstoke Morris

Innovation & Tradition: 40 years of Morris

3rd November 2020 - Early 2023

Outside Somewhere in England Gallery, Free Entry


The last forty or so years have seen great shifts in what most people think of as a fixed and unchanging English tradition.This display traces the impact of innovation and change on tradition through the story of two local Morris teams: Redbornstoke Morris and Bedfordshire Lace Morris. See original costumes, archive photographs and objects connected with these teams over the years.


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Hull Grundy Collection - Brooch

Hull Grundy & Cecil Higgins

Continues until Autumn 2021

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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poish independence

Poland: in Bedford

Continues until Autumn 2022

Great Bedfordians Gallery, Free Entry


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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arion on the dolphin

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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International Women's Day - Pearl Thomson

Online Display


Celebrate the life of one of our Great Bedfordians; Pearl Thomson. Born in Jamaica, Pearl arrived in Bedford in 1956 and became the town's first female teacher from the Caribbean.


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windrush poster

'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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break the stigma collage

Let's Be Open About Mental Health to Break the Stigma

Online Display


The Higgins Bedford has worked with the Let's Be Open About Mental Health campaign to showcase this online display of poems, artwork and messages made by local people, to give encouragment to people who may be struggling with their mental health at this current time.


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Fabric of bedford 1

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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