Bedfordshire Brickworks Day at The Higgins Bedford Image: M J Richardson / Stewartby brickworks - now closed / CC BY-SA 2.0

Events are part of The Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks exhibition

A weekend of events and talks comes to The Higgins Bedford on 25th and 26th May. These are part of The Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks exhibition.

The exhibition explores the journeys of pride, inspiration and hope made by John Bunyan, alongside those who came to Bedford after the Second World War to work at the Brickworks.

Saturday 25th May

Bedfordshire Brickworks Day and the Invisible Folk Club will fill The Higgins Bedford with music, talks and activities.

Visitors will be able to share memories and stories which will become part of the museum’s archive. This archive will help to enrich the knowledge and understanding of the social history of the Bedfordshire Brickworks for future generations.

Visitors are also invited to join in a ‘Brickworks Question Time’ with two Former Directors of London Brick Company, David Szymanski and Richard Manning.

The Invisible Folk Club will be performing a variety of folk songs and stories, with performances from local musicians. This event runs from 11am to 4pm and is free for all to enjoy. It forms part of the Greensand Country Festival which runs throughout May 2019.

Sunday 26th May

Discover the stories of two historical Bedfordians and how they navigated through a period of change in the town. Author Brian Kerr will discusses John Bunyan’s use of Bedfordshire’s topography to inform his writing, and Sir Malcolm Stewart’s legacy at Stewartby.

The talk takes place at 2pm and is free to attend. Brian Kerr will also be on hand for a book signing of his new publication A Certain Degree of Magnificence: People in the Bedfordshire Landscape.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“This is sure to be a fascinating weekend at The Higgins Bedford, looking back on the Brickworks, collecting stories and memories from our Borough’s history, with music and fun to be had.

“This exhibition and events are completely free to visit, so come along and take part in this fantastic weekend at our local museum.”

Visit The Higgins Bedford for more information on this and other events.