Reflections on the Higgins Bedford

Published: 07/05/2021

Reichenbach  Falls

The Higgins Bedford - a personal reflection

We are so lucky to have the wonderful light and airy building that is the Higgins Museum Bedford. It houses, among other things, the collection of Cecil Higgins, well-known brewer of the first half of the 20th century. Not only did he leave us his treasures (check out his teapots) but he also left a trust fund which enabled, and still enables, the museum to buy more.

There is the old and the new: from Dürer to Paul Nash, the sublime tiles and pottery of William de Morgan to Burne-Jones, nine Turner watercolours, including the Reichenbach  Falls (shown above), Eric Ravilious, items from our Roman Bedford, Kathe Koltwitz, pictures by our home-grown Dora Carrington (her ‘Bedford Market’ is on this website). I can tantalise you with the names of Edward Bawden, William Burges and Henry Moore, but nothing will beat your own exploration of the wonderful galleries. The regular exhibitions are also a delight.

I am looking forward to working as a volunteer. May be I will see you there?

Debbi Clifton

The image in this article is Turner's Reichenbach  Falls, used by kind permission of the Higgins Bedford.