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Under the Same Sky

3rd October 2020 – 27 June 2021

Wixamtree and Connections Gallery, Free Entry


USS-Alfred Sisley Fete Day at Marley-le-Roi


Spanning two galleries, discover the local impact of weather alongside artists’ depictions of the sky above.


Drawn from the renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, explore storms and calm skies, fluffy clouds and drenched cities, sun worship and visions of the moon in the work of artists such as JMW Turner, Samuel Palmer, Alfred Sisley, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash and Edouard Manet. Covering 200 years of art this exhibition includes well known works as well as several that have not been on public display in over a decade.


USS- 1947 Floods


In addition, celebrate the local pioneers and research organisations including the founders of the national Royal Meteorological Society, the weather forecasters for the airships at Cardington and the recorders of rainfall. Discover the effects of weather on changing river levels and habitats for wildlife.


There is also an exciting museum trail for children to enjoy around the exhibition. The trail has exciting I-Spy activities, fun facts and craft sheets themed around weather and its local impact through the years. All trails are suitable for 4 to 11 year olds and are free to take part. You can pick up a copy at The Higgins Bedford front desk or download a copy here. 


Click here to pre-book your FREE timed entry ticket online to visit The Higgins Bedford. If you are unable to book online, please telephone the Box Office on 01234 718172 - available Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. 


Image 1: Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) Fete Day at Marly le-Roi, 1875 © The Higgins Bedford

Image 2: The 1947 Floods from the Deep Melted Snow in Bedford, 1947, © Bedfordshire Archives. Reference No: BP54-4-10