Monday, May 8, 2017

Join us as we launch two new exhibitions at The Higgins, Bedford.

 Blue-Sky Thinking: the Short Brothers' Airships

6th May-17th September 
Connections Gallery
Free Entry

IWM (Q48023) Rigid Airship R31 preparing for flight
From the 6th of May, discover the story of three remarkable brothers - Oswald, Eustace and Horace, and their vision for a British airship industry. 

Back in 1917 the Short brothers started building R31, the first of their airships, at the Cardington Sheds. At the same time the Brothers set about building homes for workers in the village that still heralds their name today, ‘Shortstown’.

Romance & Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians

6th May-17th September 
Wixamtree Gallery

Free Entry

Romance and Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians, draws upon the internationally acclaimed Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection in a romp through Victorian art.

The exhibition charts the period chronologically and reveals how these styles developed and flourished alongside one another. It features artists including J.M.W. Turner, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Richard Dadd and Frederic Lord Leighton.

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