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The Higgins Bedford

Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire

10th March – 23rd September 2018

Free Entry

This Spring The Higgins Bedford celebrates the achievements of women in Bedfordshire with a new exhibition.

 

This year marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote for the first time. The exhibition will reflect on the achievements of women in Bedfordshire in those 100 years.

 

Bedfordshire has a long history of great women and this exhibition will highlight the achievements of 60 women who have achieved in the fields of Politics, Education, Sport, Community, STEM, Wartime, Business, and the Arts. Women have been nominated, researched, shortlisted, and selected by an exhibition development panel made up of volunteers from the local community.

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “With so many events to mark 100 years since some women were first allowed to vote running across the country this year, this exhibition presents a fantastic opportunity to look back right here in Bedford. Take the opportunity to find out more about the amazing women of our county and celebrate their achievements over the last century.”

 

One of the strongest themes amongst the women nominated is their contribution to the community. Amongst the represented groups is Access Bedford. Founded by Emma Sparrow, Suzie Sampson, Catherine Wright and Alison Crook in 2013, the group has worked with the Deaf community in Bedford to bring people together, increase access to services, increase representation and awareness and worked with organisations and service providers to increase accessibility. Alison said ‘We are thrilled to be part of a celebration of women in Bedfordshire. Bedford is an extraordinary place for passionate and committed community groups and we’re very proud to be amongst them.

 

Also featured is one of the town’s most famous artists, Dora Carrington, who moved to Bedford with her family in 1903.  Educated at Bedford High School, Carrington excelled at drawing and when she was 17 her teachers recommended that she apply to the Slade School of Art where she was to become part of what her teacher Henry Tonks described as the schools last ‘crisis of Brilliance’. The Higgins Bedford has been collecting works by Carrington for a number of years and now has one of the finest collections in the world.

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