John Bunyan Museum

John Bunyan Museum John Bunyan Museum tells the story of the life, works, and times of Bedfordshire's famous son, John Bunyan (1628- 1688), who wrote The Pilgrim's Progress and other religious and spiritual works of literature.
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John Bunyan Museum tells the story of the Bedford man who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the greatest novels in the English language. During his remarkable life Bunyan was a soldier, tinker, preacher and dissenter. He spent 12 years in Bedford prison for illegal preaching and it was here that he wrote his masterpiece.

Thank you for the mention
14/05/2020

Thank you for the mention

With it being #MuseumWeek this week, we thought we’d give a shout out to the brilliant museums we have here in the heart of Bedford.

The Higgins Bedford on Castle Lane unites on one site three previous cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years.
They are looking for you to share your experiences in lockdown with them at the moment, to record for future generations to look back on.

Just round the corner on Mill Street we then have John Bunyan Museum which takes you on a journey through the remarkable life of Bedford’s most famous son, John Bunyan.

Last but not least there’s The Panacea Museum on Newnham Road which tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in the early twentieth century.

Aren’t we lucky?

Please give them all a like and find out a little bit more about them all.

Continuing with our #VEDayAtHome activities; as Mini Mr Bunyan can’t visit Bunyan Meeting right now, he and his roommate...
08/05/2020

Continuing with our #VEDayAtHome activities; as Mini Mr Bunyan can’t visit Bunyan Meeting right now, he and his roommate have made a mini version of their #WWII Memorial to pay a small tribute to. #LestWeForget #VEDay75 Raring2go Bedford The Bedford Clanger Bedford Independent

08/05/2020
Behind the Scenes: 'Making Mini Mr Bunyan's Plane'.

Making a plane for Mini Mr Bunyan.

Mini Mr Bunyan has been busy celebrating #VEDayAtHome. He started with a 'flyover'* of his garden. #VE75Day #CultureinQuarantine #MuseumfromHome.

*His roommate would like to apologise for the state of the plane- card and colouring pencils can only go so far in a few hours!

08/05/2020
Mini Mr Bunyan's first flight!

Mini Mr Bunyan has been busy celebrating #VEDayAtHome. He started with a 'flyover'* of his garden. #VE75Day #CultureinQuarantine #MuseumfromHome.

*His roommate would like to apologise for the state of the plane- card and colouring pencils can only go so far in a few hours!

Mini Mr B. enjoyed his first experience of flying, but he doesn't think he'll make a habit of it! #artsandcrafts #Cultureinlockdown #VEDay2020

Raring2go Bedford The Bedford Clanger Bedford Independent Explore Bedford

Mini Mr Bunyan has been busy celebrating #VEDayAtHome. He started with a 'flyover'* of his garden. #VE75Day #CultureinQu...
08/05/2020

Mini Mr Bunyan has been busy celebrating #VEDayAtHome. He started with a 'flyover'* of his garden. #VE75Day #CultureinQuarantine #MuseumfromHome.

*His roommate would like to apologise for the state of the plane- card and colouring pencils can only go so far in a few hours!

04/05/2020
Jedi Mini Mr. Bunyan- 'Behind the Scenes'

‪And, of course, the ‘making of’ video is here #artsandcrafts #fashion #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #StarWarsDay. @FriendsofBeds @Rarin2goBedford @bedfordclanger‬

...Almost certainly not what #LocalMuseumsUnite meant, but Mini Mr B. (& his roommate) would argue that donning #Jedi robes would be the height of #20thCenturyFashion...at least in their house. #happystarwarsday & #MayThe4thBeWithYou always. #CultureinQuarantine #MuseumFromHome.‬

Almost certainly not what #LocalMuseumsUnite meant, but Mini Mr B. (& his roommate) would argue that donning #Jedi robes...
04/05/2020

Almost certainly not what #LocalMuseumsUnite meant, but Mini Mr B. (& his roommate) would argue that donning #Jedi robes would be the height of #20thCenturyFashion...at least in their house. #happystarwarsday & #MayThe4thBeWithYou always. #CultureinQuarantine #MuseumFromHome.‬

We have created a little mystery object quiz - how many 17th Century objects do you know? Raring2go Bedford The Bedford ...
30/04/2020
QUIZ: MYSTERY OBJECTS - 17TH CENTURY

We have created a little mystery object quiz - how many 17th Century objects do you know? Raring2go Bedford The Bedford Clanger #MuseumsfromHome

Can you guess what these mystery objects are? Have a go and test your knowledge in our new quiz.

We have added some resources to keep children (and adults) entertained during lockdown -follow the links from our homepa...
30/04/2020
JOHN BUNYAN MUSEUM | Bedford | Bunyan Meeting

We have added some resources to keep children (and adults) entertained during lockdown -follow the links from our homepage for 'families' or 'home schooling help' https://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum #MuseumfromHome Raring2go Bedford #HomeSchooling #activities

Visit our inspiring museum and discover the story of John Bunyan, the Bedford man whose writings touched the world. Find out about his history, school visits, group visits, external talks and more.

30/04/2020
Behind the Scenes: 'Building a Boat'

Mini Mr Bunyan has been checking out all the fantastic #localmuseumsunite post, and he decided that today's theme #transport #afloat would be fun to base his next project on. His roommate agreed...as long as no actual water was involved! #MuseumFromHome

Here is the 'making of' video. We think Mini Mr. B's quite pleased with his new boat. Bedford Independent The Bedford Clanger Explore Bedford

Mini Mr Bunyan has been checking out all the fantastic #localmuseumsunite post, and he decided that today's theme #trans...
30/04/2020

Mini Mr Bunyan has been checking out all the fantastic #localmuseumsunite post, and he decided that today's theme #transport #afloat would be fun to base his next project on. His roommate agreed...as long as no actual water was involved! #MuseumFromHome

Looking forward to this #MuseumfromHome
30/04/2020

Looking forward to this #MuseumfromHome

📢 BBC Arts will be showcasing the wonders of museums on 30 April - this Thursday - as part of the #CultureinQuarantine season! And all museums are invited to take part - here's how: https://mus.ms/MuseumFromHome

[image: a collage of participants in #MuseumFromHome so far, created by Dan Vo]

23/04/2020
'Behind the scenes'- Mini Mr B. dresses for battle!

And another ‘making of’ video. Does anyone have any suggestions for what Mini Mr B. should try his hand at next?.....

'Mini Mr Bunyan spotted posts of people recreating famous pictures, and decided to have a go. Although it was intended to be a scene from TPP his roommate thinks, by happy accident, it looks more like St. George & the Dragon! #artsandcrafts #MuseumFromHome #HappyStGeorgesDay'

Mini Mr Bunyan spotted posts of people recreating famous pictures, and decided to have a go. Although it was intended to...
23/04/2020

Mini Mr Bunyan spotted posts of people recreating famous pictures, and decided to have a go. Although it was intended to be a scene from TPP his roommate thinks, by happy accident, it looks more like St. George & the Dragon! #artsandcrafts #MuseumFromHome #HappyStGeorgesDay

22/04/2020
The Making of Mini Mr. B.'s Portrait

The obligatory 'making of video'.... Mini Mr B. enjoyed sitting for his portrait and he’s already got more projects in the works which he’ll be showing (with a little help from his roommate) over the next few weeks. #watchthisspace

22/04/2020
Mini Mr. Bunyan's Portrait

We’ve been inspired by all the awesome arts and crafts people have been making during #lockdown. So we asked our Mini Mr Bunyan to sit for a portrait with a twist...or should that be slide? Thank you Anne-Marie Stijelja
for the suggestion!
#artsandcrafts #MuseumFromHome

We have even less to go on with this picture!! A group of school age boys, all with different ties. They do seem to have...
17/04/2020

We have even less to go on with this picture!! A group of school age boys, all with different ties. They do seem to have the same socks, shorts, and belt though. Any help or pointers gratefully received

Can anyone help identify this team, the location, or the event? The photo was donated when Goldings shop closed along wi...
17/04/2020

Can anyone help identify this team, the location, or the event? The photo was donated when Goldings shop closed along with some Bunyan Meeting themed items- but we don't think this is related. (Unless through the man on the left who looks like he has a minister's collar?!) We think it might be 1920s/30s and a suggestion is Wilstead United Football Club, who won the cup around the time. Some weekend homework 🤓

Some lovely activities
01/04/2020

Some lovely activities

Something to occupy children who fancy something different this week.

The Pilgrim's Progress
25/03/2020

The Pilgrim's Progress

Looking for uplifting & encouraging content for your family during your time at home? Watch the instant family classic THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS online now!

Simply use the link below, register your email address, and get free access to the acclaimed animated film based on John Bunyan's epic story of Christian Pilgrim!

Now more than ever, we need to keep our eyes fixed on the Celestial King as we walk this journey together!

Watch and SHARE www.WatchPilgrims.com/FB

#straightpath #WatchPilgrims

21/03/2020

Sadly we will not be opening today, as government guidance now says all leisure facilities, including museums and galleries are to close from last night. (It wasn’t just pubs, clubs, and restaurants) Thanks to all and stay safe

20/03/2020
Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service

Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service

Bedfordshire Archives has suspended its public search room service until further notice. We will try to answer enquiries but it may take us longer to respond than usual.

You can of course continue to access our website, online catalogue and other online sources.

With staff working from home and the possibility of redeployment to other roles within the council we are not sure what we may be able to do but we hope to be able to do at least some work on our collections while we are closed. We will let you know how we are getting on.

Hope to see everyone next year for this x
19/03/2020

Hope to see everyone next year for this x

Bedford Borough Council regrets to announce that it has made the decision to postpone the Bedford River Festival for one year.

This is not a decision that was taken lightly; with the government guidance encouraging people to avoid large gatherings to minimise the spread of coronavirus and uncertainty about how long these measures will have to be in place, this is felt to be the right decision.
Many individuals and businesses, the local community, and Council officers have put a lot of hard work, time and energy into planning the River Festival. At this time of national crisis, continuing to plan this huge event would put significant strain on key resources, including community participation, which is such a key part of making the Festival what it is.

The Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival is also being postponed, and the Council is hoping to arrange it for a later date this year, depending on ongoing Government guidance around coronavirus and when it is safe to do for all. The Council will keep traders, exhibitors, local residents and businesses informed.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “This will be disappointing news to many people, including the public who were looking forward to attending, the entertainers and performers, the boating community who have already planned their visit to the River Festival, our sponsors, our traders and suppliers, along with many others.

“We sincerely hope that by July, the nation has reached the recovery stage of this pandemic, but we also hope that the public understand the work and preparation that needs to be carried out to deliver these events safely cannot be undertaken at this time.
“I am very happy to announce that everything that’s been planned and prepared for 2020 will go ahead on the 17th & 18th July 2021 – the first time that the River Festival has been held on an odd numbered year.”

More information about the entertainment for the 2021 Bedford River Festival will be released over the next few months via the website (https://riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk/) and there will be lots to look forward to.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their understanding and support during this challenging time for us all, and we are already looking forward to 17th & 18th July 2021.

For further information or if you have any questions please do contact [email protected].

18/03/2020
Closing for a while.

Sadly we’ll be closing to the public after this Saturday, due to the Coronavirus. But don’t worry, John Bunyan will still be here when we reopen... we’ve made sure!

18/03/2020

Due to the Coronavirus it has been decided by the Deacons and Trustees of Bunyan Meeting, for the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, to close the museum, basement, and church. The museum will therefore be closed to the public from Saturday 21st March for the foreseeable future.
Please spread the word.

18/03/2020
Days Out NOW

Days Out NOW

*UPDATED - All parks and gardens are now closed please see our latest post*

Well done to National Trust 👏 😍

The National Trust are being incredibly generous in this difficult time,

‘At this time of everything closing
the National Trust have agreed to remove all pay barriers from National Trust parks and Gardens. This is in response to do what we can for everyone at this time to support social distancing and the need to be outside in nature for our own mental wellbeing. It will mean that all the grounds behind pay barriers will now be open for everyone. In addition all carparking chargers will be removed. You can enjoy the open space and keep your social distance as per the government advice.

We will however be closing all cafes, houses, retail, and cancelling events. So take a flask and a sandwich.

There is no commercial drive behind this, it will cost the charity a significant loss in income - but we acknowledge mental health and wellbeing at this time is the priority.

Also, the National Parks are free and always open.

Stay at home as much as you can, but when you need it - nature is there for you and free’.

17/03/2020
Basement at Bunyan

See below information from the Basement Art Gallery. John Bunyan Museum is currently still opening with our not-at-risk volunteers standing in. We will be watching the changing situation closely and keep people updated

Basement at Bunyan Art Gallery Closure

Trace, the exhibition by Fiona Wilson and Jean-Luc Almond at Basement at Bunyan has unfortunately finished a week early. Although we have not yet been advised to close the gallery, a lot our staff and exhibitors here are in certain risk groups and we feel an obligation to keep them safe. The gallery will be closed until Easter or until we are told otherwise. All exhibitions that were booked within that timescale will be rescheduled for later dates in the year.

Some of the wonderful creatures from Teaching Talons, The Animal Ambassadors, Ltd. with us until 2pm Don’t miss out! #sc...
07/03/2020

Some of the wonderful creatures from Teaching Talons, The Animal Ambassadors, Ltd. with us until 2pm Don’t miss out! #science #BedPop

Some pictures from today’s BedPop Science Lab Basement at Bunyan felt flowers. Here till 3.30pm and completely free!
07/03/2020

Some pictures from today’s BedPop Science Lab Basement at Bunyan felt flowers. Here till 3.30pm and completely free!

Such a lovely afternoon, thank you again for having us
03/03/2020

Such a lovely afternoon, thank you again for having us

John Bunyan afternoon at Kimbolton Lodge. The residents loved matching the pictures to the statement cards that refreshed their memory about the writer. In fact they were really pleased to realise that their knowledge of John Bunyan was actually really extensive. Thank you to Helen and Diana for organising it.

Don’t miss out- such a hidden treasure of a garden
29/02/2020
The Panacea Museum

Don’t miss out- such a hidden treasure of a garden

Tickets still available for our FREE BedPop Science Lab Garden Tours, suitable for ages 7+ . Come along on Saturday 7th March to learn about the Castle Gardens (outside The Higgins) and then onto the Panacea Museum gardens. Tours are at 10.30, 12 and 2pm.

Very excited for this project- love working with Full House 😀
27/02/2020
Bedford Independent

Very excited for this project- love working with Full House 😀

Full House Theatre have been awarded £72,000 for their new interactive project...

Fantastic- good luck! And if people want to see the “H” it is currently with John Bunyan at the museum
21/02/2020
Bedford Independent

Fantastic- good luck! And if people want to see the “H” it is currently with John Bunyan at the museum

The Harpur Trust are up against some very well-known charities, so your vote counts...

The museum is opening for the new season - this Tuesday 18th February 11am! Tuesday to Saturday 11am-4pm
17/02/2020

The museum is opening for the new season - this Tuesday 18th February 11am! Tuesday to Saturday 11am-4pm

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Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street
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MK40 3EU

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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