Organised by the Hertfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Bedford museums centre

  • The Higgins Bradford |
  • Guided Tour |
  • Wednesday, 1 June 2016 - 11:00 until 15:00

This visit will start with refreshments in the Higgins Pantry at the The Higgins Bedford followed by a guided tour giving an overview of the collections of glass, ceramics and furniture. The brewer Cecil Higgins began collecting decorative arts in the 1920s – 1940s with a view to founding a museum for the people of Bedford. He had a particular passion for 17th and 18th century ceramics. The museum opened in 1949 and the collection has continued to grow. It now includes Arts & Crafts objects by William Morris, William de Morgan and Charles Voysey as well as a large collection of furniture by the Victorian Gothic architect William Burges.  There is also a special Edward Bawden exhibition.  

Meet at 2pm for a tour of the nearby Panacea Museum, an early 20th century religious community famous for Joanna Southcott's box. The John Bunyan Museum and church (with surprisingly interesting items!) is just around the corner and can be visited independently.

This part of Bedford has many restaurants and cafes, as well as the Higgins Pantry, which can be pre-booked for lunch by calling 01234 276340.  

Street parking is not easy, but there is a multi-storey car park in Lurke Street (MK40 3HZ) 5 minutes walk away.

Independent travel, to meet at 11 am in the Higgins Pantry for refreshments.

This event has been organised by the Hertfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

The Higgins Bradford Castle Ln, Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 3XD