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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

  • £35 annual individual membership
  • £50 annual joint membership
  • £20 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


Attendance at lectures is free to members. When online, lectures will start at 7pm on Zoom and when held at The Higgins Bedford, will commence at 7:30pm. Members will be notified in advance of attending details.


Body & Soul - Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Mary O’Neill

Tuesday 6 September, 12pm

Members Free, Non-Members £10 (Pay at Front Desk)


As part of The Friends of The Higgins Bedford lecture series, join curators Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Mary O’Neill to explore the themes of the Body & Soul exhibition. Professor Payne is the author of Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings and Watercolours and curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Ashmolean Museum. Art Historian Dr O’Neill is a researcher and author; she has most recently contributed to a collection of essays on Henry Scott Tuke for Watts Gallery Artists’ Village.