On Sunday 25 November, The Higgins Bedford will take part in Museum Shop Sunday, an international event simultaneously taking place in 600 venues across 10 countries.
Following the mayhem of Black Friday, Museum Shop Sunday at The Higgins Bedford promises to be a day to enjoy a relaxing shopping experience, browsing and buying from the range of products inspired by the musuem’s collections – followed by a visit to the museum and gallery.
On the day, The Higgins Bedford will open at 11am. The musuem’s gardeners are hosting a plant sale in the courtyard, and an Affordable Art Market will take place in the foyer, featuring photographers Christian Webb and WinterRose Photography, Hannah Heys Textiles Art, Embroidery, Illustration & Pattern and homewares by Nikkita Palmer Designs. There will also be a screen-printing workshop, run by artist Katie Allen, so visitors can make their very own bespoke festive tote bags.
“Museum Shop Sunday is all about encouraging people to support their local cultural organisations,” said Tom Perrett, manager of libraries and culture at Bedford Borough Council. “The Higgins has got some great products and and Affordable Art Market on the day, so please do come and suppor the musuem.”
The Higgins shop has stocked up for Christmas, with festive felt toys and a tempting range of chocolate. The shop will be launching a range of gift boxes from Otter and Moose with candles, soaps and chocolate all made here in Bedfordshire and continues to stock prints, cards and gifts by Tabitha Mary featuring Bedford landmarks.
Visitors will also be able to purchase an ever-popular advent calendar by Angela Harding, Emily Sutton or Alice Melvin and Christmas cards with designs by Eric Ravilious, Emily Sutton, Richard Bawden and other printmakers.
Encouraging shopping with a conscience, sales made will contribute to each venue directly and provide a valuable contribution to culture in the UK. It’s also a great way to support our Shop Local Bedford campaign.