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Heritage Open Days 7-10th September 2017

Heritage sites in Bedford and surrounding areas are again throwing open their doors to visitors as part of Heritage Open Days. Enjoy a programme of FREE walks, talks, tours, events, film screenings and more as part of this annual celebration! To find out more, please visit our Heritage Open Days event page by clicking here!

Latest Bedford High Street THI Newsletter

The eighth and last edition of the Bedford High Street THI newsletter - Summer 2016 - is available to view and download. Click here to download 

Bedford High Street Learning Resource

Curriculum Resource for SchoolsTHI Curriculum resource image

A fun and fascinating package for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 learners, produced by educational experts, is now available. The resource uses Bedford High Street’s lively and interesting past and present as the basis for learning, with a focus on curriculum areas history, geography and citizenship. Lessons can be delivered in the classroom as well as opportunities for fact-finding visits to Bedford High Street and The Higgins Bedford. The resources can be downloaded from The Higgins Bedford’s learning area (link below)or are available on CD Rom from Sian Hughes, Bedford Borough Council: sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk .

Click here to access the High Street Curriculum Resources


Bedford High Street Puzzler

For young and not so young history detectives!

Interested in uncovering some fascinating facts about Bedford High Street?  The Puzzler takes you on a short treasure hunt along the street, challenging your powers of observation to help you answer the puzzles. Puzzlers are available for FREE from The Higgins Bedford, St Paul’s Church and Bedford Central Library, or Click here to download a copy.


Past Bedford High Street THI Newsletters

Interested in seeing the project progress so far? Past copies of the Bedford High Street THI newsletter are available to view and download here: August 2015October 2014, December 2013May 2013October 2012, March 2012, May 2011 and October 2010.


Heritage Construction Training at Bedford College

Please contact Bedford College on 01234 291388 for more information.

Ascentis Level 2 - Heritage Construction

Introduction to the basics of historical styles of architecture, traditional materials and the skills used in their construction. Next course starting September 2014. Assistance with fees available for local contractors.


NVQ Level 3 - Heritage Construction (Experienced Learners)

12 month, fully site assessed NVQ available to experienced workers looking for recognition of their heritage work, in carpentry, joinery, plastering, brickwork and painting/decorating. This qualification enables contractors to obtain the prized CSCS Heritage card, opening the doors to more specialist conservation contracts. Please contact Roger Lett at Bedford College on 01234 291388.


Historic Building Maintenance GuideHistoric Building Maintenance Guide 2010 cover

The Historic Environment Team has produced a Maintenance and Repair Guidance booklet for historic buildings in Bedford Conservation Area. For a copy please download the document - Click here for the Historic Building Maintenance Guide.   

To find out more on Property Maintenance on our Maintenance and Sustainability page.


Bedford High Street Heritage Gazetteer

A key resource for the THI project is the Bedford High Street Heritage Gazetteer, which details the history of each property on High Street, in images and text. The Heritage Gazetteer is a wealth of information on how properties, plots and businesses have changed over time. View the Heritage Gazetteer (22.2Mb ).


Bedford Museum

museum high street strapThe Bedford High Street History Project was inspired by a BBC One series broadcast in the Autumn of 2010, Turn Back Time  - The High Street. This showed how shops changed radically between the Victorian era and the 1970's. The programme makers also invited members of the public to investigate and record the history of shopping in their own locality.  To find out more on what has been discovered by recent research visit the Bedford Museum's website at : 

Bedford High Street History Trail May 2011


If you would like to test your knowledge of Bedford High Street download the Bedford High Street History Trail  (produced by Bedford Libraries) and take a stroll along High Street to find the answers.  Click here to download the Guide




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