Friday, May 25, 2018

Bawden's Beasts

Tuesday 29th May 2018

11am, 12.30pm, 2pm.


Explore with Kevin this Half Term on Tuesday 29th May the Beasts in the Bawden gallery at The Higgins Bedford. Join local artist Victoria Houghton and create fantastical clay creatures inspired by Bawden's Beasts. 
















Each session will start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. This activity is suitable for children aged 5 and above and must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry for this activity will cost £2.70 per child and accompanying adults can take part for free. Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

Find out more information about Half Term activities at The Higgins Bedford here:
bit.ly/HigginsFamilyEvents

Friday, May 18, 2018

De-Stress Day Event

To support this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we hosted an event to help people to unwind and feel less stressed on Wednesday 16th May.

We enjoyed various relaxing activities and games like jigsaw puzzles, dominoes and even a few rounds of Rota; a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe that was played by the Ancient Romans including the famous poet Ovid.



We also had arts and crafts activities including drawing, colouring mandalas and crocheting,


Some of the artefacts which people had access to are from the time of the Ancient Romans, the Middle Ages, and the Victorians. It was a lot of fun trying to guess which pieces belonged to which era, with some surprising results.

We hope you are feeling a little less stressed and have enjoyed the day as much as we have. 

Our next event for Mental Health Awareness will be a Break The Stigma Open Day on Saturday 26th May which aims to address the discrimination surrounding mental health. Find out more about the Break The Stigma campaign here 
 
For more information about Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing events at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsWellbeing


Friday, May 11, 2018

Museums at Night

Thursday 17th May

7.30pm


Join us in a free event consisting of a talk about The Short Brothers, who were the first in the world to make production aircraft including hot air balloons built in Cardington. There will also be a book signing by Liz Walker, great great niece of the Short Brothers and author of 'A 'Short' Story - The Lives and Works of the Short Brothers. Pioneering Aeronautical and Balloon Engineers and Manufacturers'. 

Afterwards enjoy an evening visit to the exhibitions and galleries at The Higgins Bedford which will be open until 8.30pm.

Find out more about our current exhibitions at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsExhibitions

Half Term Activities

Tuesday 29th May
Wednesday 30th May
Friday 1st June,
11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Explore with Kevin at The Higgins Bedford this Half Term and take part in a range of activities including exploring the Beasts in the Bawden gallery, exploring the Settlement gallery, designing prehistoric pencil cases and creating your own personalised top hat.
These activities are suitable for children aged 5 and above but must be accompanied by an adult. Entry for these activities cost £2.70 per child and accompanying adults can take part for free. Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

Find out more information about our Half Term activities at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsFamilyEvents

De-Stress Day

In recognition of this years Mental Health Awareness Week focusing on Stress we are hosting a free event on Wednesday 16th May running from 11am - 3pm. Join us for various relaxing activities including, drawing and sketching in the galleries, colouring mandalas and handling museum artefacts.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing events at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsWellbeing


Break the Stigma Open Day

The Higgins Bedford, together with The Harpur Trust, The Panacea Charitable Trust and ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) are hosting a Break the Stigma open day on Saturday 26th May running from 11am - 4pm with free entry. Break the Stigma is a campaign that aims to address the discrimination surrounding mental health and to encourage everyone to be more open about their own mental health. 
Come along and take part in many fun activities including art and poetry workshops, yoga, table tennis and live music. 

Find out more about the Break The Stigma campaign here www.facebook.com/LetsBeOpenAboutMentalHealth

Monday, May 8, 2017

Join us as we launch two new exhibitions at The Higgins, Bedford.



 Blue-Sky Thinking: the Short Brothers' Airships

6th May-17th September 
Connections Gallery
Free Entry


IWM (Q48023) Rigid Airship R31 preparing for flight
From the 6th of May, discover the story of three remarkable brothers - Oswald, Eustace and Horace, and their vision for a British airship industry. 

Back in 1917 the Short brothers started building R31, the first of their airships, at the Cardington Sheds. At the same time the Brothers set about building homes for workers in the village that still heralds their name today, ‘Shortstown’.











Romance & Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians

6th May-17th September 
Wixamtree Gallery

Free Entry

Romance and Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians, draws upon the internationally acclaimed Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection in a romp through Victorian art.


The exhibition charts the period chronologically and reveals how these styles developed and flourished alongside one another. It features artists including J.M.W. Turner, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Richard Dadd and Frederic Lord Leighton.







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LGBT History Month

Come to The Higgins, Bedford on Thursday 23rd February (12 noon) to hear about photographer Angus McBean

Free event

Adrian Woodhouse will be at The Higgins Bedford to talk about the life of the photographer Angus McBean, who was imprisoned for homosexuality in 1942 but was able to successfully resume his career after the second world war.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kids Go Free on the Marston Vale Line


Kids go free on the Marston Vale Line from Saturday 11th February to Saturday 18th February. For more details about this offer click here

If you live in Milton Keynes or Bletchley, why not come and visit The Higgins Bedford by rail. For details of our half term activities click here

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Visit by Bedford College ESOL students

A group of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students from Bedford College came to look around The Higgins in January and were given a tour by our volunteer guide Bill. For some of the students it was their first visit to a museum and they were fascinated by the objects and the stories behind them.