The Higgins Bedford

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Bedford, Bedfordshire

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The Higgins Bedford is a Bedford Borough Council cultural service that showcases wonderful and varied collections including The Cecil Higgins Collection of fine and decorative arts, alongside world–class watercolours and prints. Using collections of archaeology, social history and ethnography, the museum explores the inspiring stories of local people and shows how Bedfordshire has developed over time. These collections inspire a busy programme of temporary exhibitions, active learning and events.

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The Higgins Bedford
Castle Lane, BEDFORD, Bedfordshire, MK40 3XD
Phone : 01234 718618

About The area

Discover Bedfordshire

At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.

Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century. 

Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.

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