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15th - 21st June is Refugee Week!


Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Though we can't celebrate in the way that we had hoped, The Higgins is taking Refugee Week online:


Online Poetry & Storytelling Session

Tuesday 23rd June, 3pm - 4:30pm


The Higgins Bedford, in partnership with Satwinder Kaur are hosting an interactive online poetry and storytelling session on the theme of ‘Imagine’. The session will be held on Zoom. Places are limited.


Please email to register your interest and get the Zoom details.


Please note that this session was originally meant to take place on Wednesday 17th June, but has now been rescheduled.


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Online Collection Tour


View a virtual 'tour' of objects and images from The Higgins collections relating to displacement, migration and experience of being a refugee.


Click here to view virtual tour of Online Collection.


Simple Acts


Join in one or more of these eight Simple Acts that can all be done at home, inspired by the theme ‘Imagine’. Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities.


Click here for more information


The Heritage and Contributions of Refugees to the UK


Explore 450 years of the history of refugees in Britain, the challenges they have faced and the contributions they have made.


Click here to find out more.


Traces Project - Timeline of Contributions to Arts and Culture


Explore the untold history of contributions to arts and culture from people who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution, including Lucian Freud and Rita Ora.


Click here to view Traces Project.


Discover more about refugees living in the UK with the Mythbusting leaflet by BRASS (Bedford Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support).