Bedford Gallery

A major new arts project for Bedford: Phase 1 of a flagship museum and art gallery complex 
–uniting the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum, now the Higgins Bedford 

Opening exhibition: Treasures from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum,1 April – 17 May 2009

Bedford Gallery, a splendid 19th century, Grade II listed building, is a major new addition to Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum. Unused for 35 years, it was sensitively remodelled by Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins Ltd., architects acclaimed for their successful heritage projects. This gallery provides over 200m² of state-of-the-art exhibition space for large, temporary exhibitions. 

The Higgins Bedford (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum) house exceptional and wide-ranging collections. The inaugural exhibition in Bedford Gallery displayed together, for the first time, a selection of the finest works from both these collections. It asked the question: What is treasure?

A major £11.3 million regeneration and refurbishment project has since united the Art Gallery and Museum buildings to create an outstanding new, combined facility.

Press Coverage
National Newspapers

Guardian Guide

28 March – 3 April 2009

Independent Information

28 March – 5 April


New Statesman

April 2009
Feature on Bedford Gallery within the context of Bedford, by William Cook.

Country Life

1 April 2009
Full page feature by Huon Mallalieu, with two images, about opening of Bedford Gallery, and highlights of the inaugural exhibtion.

Museums Journal

Yet to appear
Feature by Simon Stephens

Art Quarterly

Spring 2009
News item in ‘Art World’ section, with an image.

AI Magazine

13 February 2009
News item by Simon Tait.

National Radio

BBC Radio 4: Front Row

27 March 2009
Feature by Kirsty Lang, including interviews with John Moore, Director, and Tom Perrett, Keeper of Collections and Exhibitions.

Regional Press and Media

Bedfordshire on Sunday

29 March 2009
Half-page feature by Judy Riley, with to images, in ‘Leisure Now’ section, also highlighted on front page.

22 March 2009
Full page feature, with six large images, in ‘Leisure Now’ section.

Living Locally

April 2009
Piece by Judy Riley, with images.

Heart FM

1 April 2009
Piece about the gallery opening included in news bulletins at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

BBC Three Counties Radio

1 April 2009
Feature by Ian Pearce.

BBC Look East

2 April 2009 (also included as a ‘highlight’ on BBC Look East website)
Feature on opening of Bedford Gallery, and it’s use in World War II as a venue for the BBC.

ITV Anglia

2 April 2009
Feature on the opening of Bedford Gallery, in the context of Vesting Day and Bedford’s new Cultural Quarter.

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