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The Black History Month Trail opens 6th October

To mark Black History Month 2020, The Higgins Bedford is putting on a Black History Month Trail in partnership with the Legacy of Windrush Descendants (LOWD) Learning Hub and Nubian Teachings.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions to the UK made by black people for generations. In the UK, it has been celebrated every year since 1987.

The Black History Month Trail introduces visitors to historic and modern day black people, inspired by the exhibitions and displays across the galleries at the museum.

On arrival at The Higgins Bedford, visitors can pick up a trail sheet that will ask questions about the people included on the trail. By visiting the various exhibitions that the museum has to offer, visitors will find answers to the questions on their sheet.

This event will feature Polar explorers, designers, opera singers, Chaplains and Victorians. Councillor Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“Globally, and increasingly more, people are becoming aware of the challenges that black people have faced and continue to face.

“With people and societies becoming more aware of the issue of the racial inequalities that exist, this year’s Black History Month is a chance to promote education on this very important matter.

“As a community in Bedford Borough we celebrate diversity and the rich multicultural history we have in and around our Borough.

“Black History Month is a time to turn the spotlight to the achievements of black people and celebrate their contribution to the Borough and the wider United Kingdom.”

The Black History Month Trail at The Higgins Bedford starts on Tuesday 6th October and runs until the end of the month. If you’re looking to test your knowledge or learn more about black history in Bedford and the UK, visit The Higgins Bedford to take part in the event.

Since re-opening, new measures have been put in place at The Higgins Bedford to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.

This includes the need for visitors to book a free timed-entry ticket. This should be done on the The Higgins Bedford website.

If you are unable to book online, please telephone the Box Office on 01234 718044 – open Monday to Friday 11am-3pm.