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Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity

10 July–28 November 2021, Sir William Harpur Gallery – Free Entry

10 July 2021-20 March 2022, Connections Gallery – Free Entry


Bedford Creative Arts, The Higgins Bedford, the Airship Heritage Trust and artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to launch this two-fold exhibition which celebrates Bedford’s airship heritage. It brings together innovative digital contemporary art and exciting new community sourced displays, presenting the pioneering vision of airship development over the decades.


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Bedford Regatta

Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art

10 July 2021 - 20 March 2022

Wixamtree Gallery, Free Entry


Celebrate artists views of Bedford and the surrounding area with a number of watercolours, oils and prints from the past two centuries, some of which haven’t been seen by the public eye in several decades. The exhibition includes artworks by JMW Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher and Stanley Orchart, highlighting their fascination of the town and River Great Ouse.


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 Architectural Elements Blended and Cropped

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

8th February 2020 - 16 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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Warden Abbey Tile

Warden Abbey Revealed

19 October 2021 - October 2022

Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry


Research by the Old Warden History and Heritage Society alongside the results of the geophysical survey by MOLA (Northampton) have revealed the grandeur of the medieval Cistercian abbey. The reconstruction illustration by Peter Dunn based on this work will be on display with a selection of archaeological artefacts recovered from excavation at Warden Abbey.


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Redbornstoke Morris

Innovation and 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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break the stigma collage

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

May - December 2021

Castle Lane Cases Outside The Higgins Bedford, Free Entry



The Higgins Bedford has worked with the Let's Be Open About Mental Health campaign to showcase this 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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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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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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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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