Heritage Open Days
Bedford Borough’s Heritage Open Days
Explore heritage and history at this
September’s Heritage Open
Daysacross Bedford Borough.
Heritage Open Days is England's biggest
festival of history and culture involving over 40,000 volunteers.
Every year over four days in September, thousands of events across
the country invite you in to explore local
treasures, see hidden places and try out new
A number of Bedford Borough Council’s local
attractions are offering you the chance to find out more about the
heritage and history of Bedford Borough through special talks,
tours and events, all free of charge.
The Higgins Bedford
Exhibition Tour - Bedford's War
11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (30
Join Lydia Saul, Keeper of Social History and
discover the story of Bedford’s War Machines featuring the history
of The Motor Rail and Tram Car Simplex locomotives and the Le Rhone
aircraft engines manufactured at W H Allen’s Queens Engineering
Works here in Bedford during the First World War from 1916
Meet the model-makers – Connections
11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm (15
Come and meet the ‘life in the
trenches’ model-makers and hear all about what life was really
like at the front during the First World War, with Jo and Chris
Fordham from Bedford U3A miniatures group.
World War Two Memories – ‘Somewhere in
England’ Gallery drop-in
11am – 1pm
Listen to Terry Darlow talk about life in
Bedford during the Second World War and afterwards. Discover
Terry’s fantastic photograph collection from Bedford’s wartime
Moot Hall, Elstow
Step into the world of John Bunyan at this
15th century timber framed market house.
Bedfordshire Archives – Weaving
Thursday 8th to Saturday
Guided tours of the archives every half
hour 10am-12pm and 2pm - 4pm
See work by local textile artists inspired by
the archives. The finished works illustrate many aspects of
the history of Bedfordshire including the granting of Royal Charter
to Bedford in 1166; prisoners in Bedford Gaol; conditions in the
Ampthill workhouse; the industrial heritage of Luton; hat
manufacturing in Dunstable; and Leighton Buzzard market.
Foster Hill Road Cemetery
Staff will be on hand to help visitors look at
burial registers dating back to 1855.
1pm – 5pm
Enjoy and programme of themed guided
As well as these events, a number of other
properties and sites of local interest are opening their doors and
inviting you to learn more about the history and heritage of
Bedfordshire. To find out
more about next month’s Heritage Weekend click here and to view the
whole programme for Bedford and the surrounding area please see the