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* Please note that for the time being, all planned events and activities are cancelled.


We will be contacting all customers who have booked and paid for tickets to process their refunds.



Talks & Tours


Get more from your visit by coming along to one of our regular talks or tours. If you're a member of a group that may be interested in coming along to a talk or tour, have a look at our Bringing a group page.


* Note: All prices marked with an * may be subject to change. Prices are reviewed annually.


Friends Lecture: Paul Middleton - The Art of John Seymour Lindsay

Tuesday 14th April, 7:30pm

Members £4, Non-Members £9 - Drop In (Pay at Front Desk)

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.


Bawden Archive Session

Thursday 23rd April, 10am – 11am

£6.10, £4.90 for concessions – Booking Essential

Delve into the Edward Bawden archive with Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art, to view works that have never been on display as well as old favourites.


To book your place, please use our online booking system. Enter promotional code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee. Alternatively, you can telephone 01234 718044 or visit Bedford Central Box Office at Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford, MK40 1LE.


Friends Lecture: James Russell - Tirzah Garwood

Tuesday 5th May, 7:30pm

Members £4, Non-Members £9 - Drop In (Pay at Front Desk)

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.