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Joining The Friends of The Higgins Bedford


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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

Membership Rates

  • £25 annual individual membership
  • £40 annual joint membership
  • £10 annual student membership


How To Join the Friends

To become a member of the Friends, please complete and return the application form, and either fill out the standing order form, or send us your cheque. The subscription year runs from 1st September.


Download the latest membership application form here.

Visit the Friends of the Higgins Website.


The Friends of the Higgins Bedford Lectures


 * Please note that for the time being, all Friends Lectures below are cancelled. Keep an eye on the website and our social media pages to check for further updates.


Meetings start at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford. 

Tickets - Members £4, Non-Members £9 - No Booking Necessary (Pay at Front Desk)


Bob Hook - Swifts: The Fastest Birds on the Planet

Tuesday 17th March

Why are there so few parties of swifts swooping and wheeling above our towns these days? Bob Hook will tell us more about these amazing birds and talk about what might be affecting them, and what is going on locally to help find homes for these iconic birds of summer.


Paul Middleton - The Art of John Seymour Lindsay

Tuesday 14th April

A keen amateur artist before the First World War, John Seymour Lindsay had hiked around the south of England, sketching the disappearing vernacular buildings he saw. He developed a particular interest in, and skill at depicting, elements of architectural ironwork. The coming of war saw him serving 16 months in the front line, and he saw action at Ypres and on the Somme. His many letters to his wife and brother form a moving testament to the horrors he survived.


James Russell - Tirzah Garwood

Tuesday 5th May

Art Historian James Russell will discuss the life and work of Tirzah Garwood, drawing her out from the shadow cast by the considerable reputation of her husband, Eric Ravilious. The couple had met when Ravilious taught Garwood at Eastbourne School of Art. During their marriage Tirzah worked at wood engraving, and made marbled papers, but it was only after Eric’s early death that she matured artistically, producing remarkable oil paintings and 3D constructions made of paper.