Find out about Bedford’s rich heritage during events for Love Local History Week

Library image: Historic images of Bedford for history of Bedford DVD.
Library image: Historic images of Bedford for history of Bedford DVD.

Bedford town’s rich and long-standing local history is present in almost all areas of the borough, reminding us that if the town could speak, countless secrets and treasures would be revealed.

As part of Love Local History Week, which began on March 2, residents can discover more about the fascinating history surrounding Bedford by taking advantage of the following events being held at Bedford Central Library.

Friday, March 6 at 11am.

Bedford’s Architectural Heritage. A review of Bedford’s Architects & Architecture from 1800 to 1950 with local historian David Fowler.

Tickets £1 available from Bedford Central Library


Bedford Physical Training College Students During World Wars 1 and 2. A film made by Stephanie Daniels, Anita Tedder and Nigel Brittain and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Trained in teaching and massage, the ’Bedford Girls’ tended to wounded soldiers during the First World War and washed the socks of those returning from Dunkirk in 1940. Working alongside the local community, they selflessly supported war efforts. Using filmed interviews, audio clips, archive photographs and archive film from unique collections, this DVD production tells the story of this influential women’s college during war time.

Tickets £1 available from Bedford Central Library

Saturday March 7 from 9am to 1pm

Bedfordshire Heritage Library Open Morning. Come and visit the Heritage Library, normally only open on Tuesdays, but open this morning to celebrate Love Local History Week. Bedfordshire Heritage Library, houses items from the local history collection that are rare, valuable or delicate and are of particular historical significance.

FREE to attend.