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'Voices' Exhibition

The Higgins Bedford takes Voices Exhibition out on Tour in 2018

 

Voices – Different Pasts, Shared Future, an exhibition by The Higgins Bedford is going on tour in January 2018 thanks to a successful National Lottery grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The display aims to share the experiences and voices of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have settled in Bedford.

 

The display features a collaborative artwork by artist Josepa Munoz. A tapestry made from images of objects which people have brought from their countries of origin has been overlaid with maps, showing peoples' personal stories and journeys to the UK. The tapestry was stitched by volunteers from Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support, The Higgins Bedford and Aragon Lacemakers and was first exhibited as part of as part of Refugee Week in June 2017.

 

The museum is now taking the display out on tour to engage with an even wider audience. During the tour schools and local people will help to develop the project further by contributing their own migration stories and experiences.

 

The project aims to help The Higgins Bedford reflect the heritage and cultural background of all the diverse communities in the town and surrounding areas. The museum hopes to build understanding of the journeys and experiences that have brought people to Bedford, some of whom may be fleeing war and persecution.

 

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “Voices – Different Pasts, Shared Future is a wonderful piece of work. This tour means that many more people will view the display, hear the oral histories of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and help contribute to the development of the project.”

 

Brian Cunningham, Coordinator at Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support said: “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with The Higgins Bedford on this very important project. The more people that see the display, hear the stories and get involved then the greater understanding and empathy towards people who have settled here for a variety of reasons, some seeking asylum and refuge in very difficult circumstances. This project gives a clear message that Refugees are welcome in Bedford.”

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