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The Higgins Bedford

A Bumper Year at The Higgins Bedford

 

In 2016 The Higgins Bedford welcomed over 42,500 visitors, representing a 24% increase on the previous year and making it the museum’s busiest calendar year ever.

 

Popular exhibitions during 2016 included Bedford’s War Machines, which marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; The Harpur Trust 450th Anniversary Art Competition Exhibition which displayed artworks by school children from across Bedford Borough; and Picasso and the Masters of Print which continues until April.  

 

In addition to exhibitions The Higgins Bedford also hosted a number of popular events. In March BedPop Science Lab attracted a record number of visitors and marked 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 rocket powered car workshops.

 

The museum also worked closely with local community organisations to plan and deliver events and displays which increasingly reflected the rich diversity of Bedford’s culture and heritage. The Higgins Bedford launched Objects from Distant Lands, a powerful and moving display of objects which refugees, asylum seekers and migrants shared from their countries of origin –including Syria, Somalia, Palestine, and Zimbabwe. In October, the museum hosted a Black History Month event working closely with local African-Caribbean organisations.

 

Last year The Higgins Bedford was pleased received its second Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, with reviews of the popular travel and tourism website commenting –

 

‘…this is a great museum, well laid out and very informative. Some surprises, especially the lovely glassware.’

 

‘A wonderful maze of a building revealing wonderful things at every turn. The lino cuts were really interesting and you need more than one visit to take it all in.’

 

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland said ‘The Higgins Bedford has celebrated a fantastic calendar of events in the last year and the hard work of staff and volunteers is reflected in their record visitor numbers for 2016.’

 

‘The year to come promises more exciting events and exhibitions and I would like to encourage all local residents to pay a visit to The Higgins Bedford and support this great asset to our community.’

 

2017 sees events planned once again for Refugee Week, Black History Month and Volunteering Week; as well as the return of BedPop Science Lab and BedPop Fun Palaces. Forthcoming exhibitions will celebrate Edward Bawden and his Studio; trees as depicted by some of our nation's most celebrated artists; and the centenary of the Shorts Brothers’ airship building in Bedfordshire.

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