Visitor Numbers up at The Higgins Bedford -
Over 40,000 visitors to Bedford attraction
Blockbuster exhibition J.M.W Turner &
The Art of Watercolour as well as a successful and vibrant
events programme have contributed to a busy year at The Higgins
Bedford. The art gallery and museum has welcomed 41,787 visitors in
the year 2015-16.
J.M.W. Turner & The Art of
Watercolour offered a unique chance to see all nine of
Bedford’s watercolours by J.M.W. Turner together for the first
time. These were displayed alongside works by contemporaries of
Turner, and artists inspired by his work. A very popular and well
received exhibition; visitors have said:
‘Bedford is very fortunate to host this
small collection of Turner’s – wow. Thank you!’
‘Absolutely pitch perfect hanging!
Excellent exhibition and it fits the galleries really
‘An exceptionally intelligent and
interesting exhibition, particularly in the variety of artists on
BedPop Science Lab also brought
record-breaking numbers to The Higgins Bedford. The event on
12th March 2016 was the busiest day the art gallery and
museum had since reopening in June 2013. Over 1700 people enjoyed
the day of free science events that included a drone flying
competition and some rocket powered car workshops.
Earlier in the year The Higgins Bedford was
host to Abstract Britain, when visitors enjoyed the
opportunity to make their own abstract works of art, as well as
seeing works by some great British artists including Henry Moore,
Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin and Ben Nicholson.
‘Best Art Exhibition the Higgins has done
to date “fantastic”!’
‘A magnificent exhibition which shows how
exciting and interesting Abstract Art is!!’
Many visitors were moved by Highlanders:
Billeted in Bedford. Part of the First World War Centenary,
the exhibition explored the stories of the Highland troops billeted
in Bedford in preparation for going to war.
‘Sad to see this wonderful exhibition come
to an end, but delighted that the fascinating, heart-warming and
touching story was brought to life for so many people.’
Over 1000 families have enjoyed the regular
Family Join-In Activities. These activities are held during
every school holiday. Visitors have enjoyed all sorts of activities
including making prehistoric sea-monsters, ceramic tiles and even a
bit of stone-age cave-painting.
Two exciting new exhibitions are coming to the
Higgins this month.
Bedford’s War Machines
- This new exhibition at takes a close-up look at the
Simplex railway locomotives made in Bedford and explores the town’s
home-front contribution to the Great War.
Beautiful Bodies -
Lucien Freud, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Stanley Spencer and
Dora Carrington are all included in this exhibition: a celebration
of the differing approaches to drawing the human figure taken by
The exhibitions will run 23rd April
– 2nd October 2016 and are free to visit.
Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 2 – 5pm