The brand new redeveloped Higgins Bedford museum is set top open on Friday.
Yesterday the Times & Citizen was given a sneak preview of the brand new redeveloped museum that has joined together both the museum and the art gallery.
The transformed art gallery and museum is located in the historic buildings of Castle Brewery, and the adjoining Victorian family home, both built by the Higgins family in the mid-19th Century.
The Higgins Bedford will unite on one site three cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The £5.8million project has allowed the buildings to be joined and redeveloped throughout.
The redevelopment has increased temporary exhibition space, allowing The Higgins Bedford to open with five inaugural exhibitions, as well as space to showcase wonderful and varied collections including the Cecil Higgins Collection of fine and decorative arts, with its world-class watercolour and print collections and unique groups of work by the designers William Burges and Edward Bawden.
The museum will open to the public on Friday with a special dawn till dusk opening to coincide with the longest day of the year.