The Higgins Bedford
Info for Schools
Contact Details

The Higgins Bedford offers a treasure trove of ideas on your doorstep. Inspire your pupils with the fine art collection, the rich array of local history artefacts, archaeology and unusual objects from around the world. Our programme of Out of the Classroom Experiences for schools reflects the strengths of our collections. Familiar themes and activities are designed to make the most of our galleries.

Sessions are cross-curricular in their approach. Our ‘hands-on’ learning activities use handling objects, costumes, and replicas to stimulate pupils’ imagination.

We incorporate art and creative activities into any visit, as required. Visit our exhibitions or book a practical art session with us to extend your curriculum offer.

Click here to see our schools activity sessions.

Feel free to email or call us to discuss the opportunities we can provide to engage and inspire your children.


Thanks so much for all your hard work organising all the activities. Everyone, including the staff had a great time. Hopefully we can do another trip to the gallery in the future :)’

‘Thank you for our visit last week. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very useful to their project. I will definitely try to bring some other classes in the future.’

‘What a fantastic trip with year 8 for their Spectacular Start today! Thank you @higginsbedford’

‘Thank you for letting us look through the museum. We enjoyed it so much. I will come again soon but this time I will bring my mum and my dad and my little brother it was so good.’

Challenges by this provider

Bookable workshops usually last an hour. Check our website for more details.


Bedford Borough Council Maintained School £1.90 per pupil (min fee £38)

Non-Bedford Borough Council Maintained School £2 per pupil (min fee £40)

*Charges are reviewed annually in January.


REFEREE 1: Daron Hutchinson, Beauchamp Middle School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JE, 01234 300900,

REFEREE 2: Jacqui Saunders, Head of Art, Mark Rutherford School,, 01234 290200

Other Information

Accessibility: Lifts to all floors. Parking is available for Blue Badge holders and visitors with mobility difficulties. There are hearing loops in the workshop and lecture spaces.

Parking: There is space for up to two minibuses which must be booked in advance.

Insurance: Public Liability Insurance

Arts Award: Arts Award Supporter.

Safeguarding: Safeguarding policy & session leaders and learning volunteers are DBS checked

Contact Name
Clare Rogers
Castle Lane, Bedford, Beds MK40 3XD
01234 718618