What's on Highlights!

Here’s the Bedford Clanger pick of what’s on this March – you can see more at our events section of the website.  Don’t forget to upload your event for FREE!

Grab your diary and make a date with our monthly recommendations:

Skeptics in the Pub: No Laughing Matter?  Why Comedy is Important to Higher Education.
Thursday 16th March, 7.30pm at North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford, MK41 7TW
The children’s author EB White once quipped: ‘Analysing humour is like dissecting a live frog. No one is interested and the frog dies.’ Studying comedy, at university level is seen as too frivolous when more ‘serious’ matters need to be investigated. To suggest otherwise leads to accusations of ‘dumbing down’, wasting public money, and ‘soft’ subjects on the curriculum.

In this talk, Dr Tim Miles suggests that studying comedy offers us fascinating insights and important possibilities. The talk will seamlessly (hopefully) explore a path through evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, health care, pedagogy, cultural anthology, the performing arts, and other academic fields, looking at the work of comedy and humour scholars. Specifically, the areas discussed will include: the benefits of tickling rats to neuroscience; whether computers can tell jokes (or understand them); why stand-up comedy saved Dave Pitt’s life (and who Dave Pitt is); and why you can get away with making very close-to-the-knuckle jokes in Japan but only under very specific circumstances.

Where’s Wally fun run at Russell Park
Sunday 19th March
Don your stripy hat and jumper and join lots of other walllies at 10.30am on Sunday 19th March at Russell Park for a family friendly 3.5km run.  Kids £2.50/Adults £5.00 with medals and prizes to be won. Book your place at Kiosk at the Park Website

Find your ‘we’ with Bedford’s Mental Health Mates
The first Mental Health Mates walk took place in Bedford this month and the event is led by volunteer Lesley Quinn.  Mental Health Mates is a national initiative that was started by Daily Telegraph journalist, Bryony Gordon to provide the ‘we’ to those struggling alone with mental health issues.  Taking place in a growing number of towns and cities, Mental Health Mates is a regular, peer-led meet up, where anyone can walk and talk without fear of judgement.
Mental Health Mates Bedford: first Saturday of every month at 11am. Meet outside the Pavilion in the Park. There will be a blue balloon to let you know you’re in the right place.  More info on the Facebook events page.
More information can also be found on the Mental Health Mates Facebook group and you can follow Bryony on twitter @bryonygordon.  Follow Ben Salmons @LetsBreakStigma and Just Turn Up @youjustturnup

At the Higgins, Bedford this March:

Tea and Tour – Transport through Time
Wednesday 15th March 2017 11am – 12 noon
£7.40* (Concession £6.30*) Tea/ Coffee included. Booking essential
Join Lydia Saul, Keeper of Social History, for a cup of tea or coffee followed by an in-depth look at changes to transport through time. The talk will explore Bedfordshire’s story of travel over land, water and air. The tour will end with a chance to get up close to selected items from our collection stores.

Gallery Tour – Bedford’s Picassos
Tuesday 21st March 2017
11.30am – 12.15pm (booking essential)
Cost: £2.80 (£2.30 concessions)
Victoria Partridge, curator of Picasso and the Masters of Print, takes a close look at the world class collection of works by Picasso at The Higgins Bedford.

Bawden Archives Session
Friday 24th March 2017
11am -12.30pm (booking essential)
Cost: £10.80 (£8.70 Concessions)
Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery. The collection of over 3,000 items covers every medium he worked in and includes examples from his student days at the Royal College of Art in the 1920s right up to commissions he received in the 1980s. This session is a chance to have a delve into the archive, seeing works that have never been on display as well as old favourites with an introduction to each by the Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts.

Higgins Friends’ lectures
Friends £3 others £8
Tuesday 14 March 2017, 12 noon
Stephen Cockings – The Roman Villa at Manton Heights, Bedford
In 2011 a dig at Manton Lane in Bedford uncovered the remains of what may turn out to be one of the most lavishly decorated Roman villas yet found in Britain. Stephen Cockings, lead archaeologist on the project, will highlight some of the exciting finds made there.






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