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Programme of talks for 2024 Spring/Summer season


Tuesday 21st May - Hugh Belsey on Gainsborough’s Career – from Ipswich to Bath – on his tercentenary

Venue: St Andrew’s Church Hall, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF, 7:30pm.


Tuesday 28th May - Charlotte White on Pepys Pin-up - Barbara Villiers

Venue: St Andrew’s Church Hall, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF, 7:30pm. Generously sponsored by Lady Jane Whitbread


Tuesday 25th June - 

Talk Cancelled


Tuesday 2nd July - Laurinda Luffman on Inspirational Swifts, their artists & observers

Venue: The Barbican Studio, The Higgins Bedford. 7.30pm

As it is Swift Awareness Week, there will be a short observational walk following the talk.




Tuesday 3rd September - Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Director of the Norwich Castle Museum on John Crome, a Norfolk artist

Venue to be confirmed, 7:30pm.


Tuesday 22nd October - Boyd and Evans, on Artists in residence at Milton Keynes

Venue to be confirmed, 7:30pm.


Tuesday 29th October - Michael Croker live Painting a Self-Portrait

Venue to be confirmed, 12pm.


Wednesday 27th November  - David Boyd Haycock on his new book on Lucy Kemp Welch

Venue: The Barbican Studio, The Higgins Bedford. 12pm.


Tuesday 14th January 2025 - Patrick Baty on The Paint Detective

Venue to be confirmed, 7.30pm.


Donations please via justgiving:

Additionally, and to be announced there will be private visits and special events at the gallery.

Donations please via JustGiving


Further information about all of the lectures visit Events & Lectures | friendsofthehiggins


Joining The Friends of The Higgins Bedford

The Friends organisation plays an important part in the life of the art gallery and museum, and individual members enjoy an excellent range of benefits; joining the Friends will put you at the heart of The Higgins Bedford.


The Friends provide support towards The Higgins Bedford by:

  • Contributing fund to support the work in the museum and galleries
  • Fostering general interest in The Higgins Bedford
  • Providing volunteers to enhance visitor experience and deliver more activities and events


To find out more about the work of The Friends please Visit the Friends of the Higgins website.