Bedford’s museums celebrate British Science Week with free family-friendly events

Hands-on experiments and workshops as part of British Science Week. Image: Little Science Lab

Families can get hands-on with science at dozens of events, workshops and demonstrations in Bedford next month as part of British Science Week.

The Higgins Bedford, Panacea Museum and John Bunyan Museum are celebrating STEM with a range of free science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities on Saturday 11 March.

The event’s theme is ‘Connections,’ and the activities will celebrate the connections between Bedford’s town centre museums and the town’s significant engineering heritage.

Activities across the three museums will include electric circuit-making, science demonstrations, animal encounters and art workshops.

Mark Rutherford students worked alongside Network Rail engineers at a British Science Week event in 2018 (image: BedPop Science Labs)

Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, said, “It is great to see our local Museums in Bedford celebrating British Science Week.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local families to enjoy free science, technology and art based activities, so please come along and get involved.”

Events at The Higgins Bedford

The Higgins Bedford will be holding electric circuit-making workshops, provided by local engineering firm, Bourns.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about these, and view the semi-conductors close up. Bedford Modern School will be in museum foyer and courtyard conducting exciting science demonstrations and hands-on activities that include lasers, a plasma ball and microscopes.

BedPop Science Lab
Little Science Lab in action

Little Science Lab will be bringing dry ice volcanoes, and visitors will also be able to explore geology with Bedfordshire Geology Association.

Events at the Panacea Museum

At the Panacea Museum, families can meet and greet some amazing animals with Teaching Talons and find out more about the River Great Ouse with the Bedfordshire Great Ouse Valley Environmental Trust.

Events at the John Bunyan Musuem

At John Bunyan Museum, workshops include making some fun felt sushi models with artist Anne-Marie Abbate and visitors can enjoy Ebru (marbling) masterclasses with Art School Tsymbal.

There will also be a new museum trail on the theme of ‘Connections’ that visitors can explore.

The events are supported by Bedford’s Town Centre Priority Fund and with support in kind from Bourns, Bedford Modern School and Bedfordshire Geology Group.

More information about the exciting plans for Science week can be found at

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