history museums in Bedfordshire
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Bedfordshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Bedfordshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Bedfordshire Museums and Galleries

Bedford Autodrome, Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, MK44 2YP

A visit to the museum will transport you back in time with many fascinating themed displays. The large collection of 306th memorabilia includes the famous Norden Bomb Site, and the first Medal of Honour awarded to an enlisted man. There are displays on the RAF, British Army, and Home Front. Visit the wartime home and the Village Pub. GI Brides are featured in original 1940s dresses. Genuine period artefacts and clothing are used throughout, and a large collection of photographs supplement the displays. Official learning destination for The Childrens University.
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Elstow Moot Hall

Church End, Elstow, Bedford, MK42 9XT
Tel: 01234 266889

Elstow Moot Hall, a timber framed market house exhibiting translations, illustrations and artefacts associated with John Bunyan who lived nearby.

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Wardown Park Museum

Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA
Tel: 01582 546722    E-mail: museum.gallery@luton.gov.uk

Wardown Park Museum is an ideal place to visit if you are interested in brushing up on your history. The Museum houses an impressive collection of art, ancient artefacts, local and natural history exhibits and also important examples of the lace and hat industry of which Luton was a major centre for in Victorian times. The variety of displays on offer at Luton Museum prove for an enjoyable and interesting visit.

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Stockwood Crafts & Mossman Collection

Stockwood Park, Farley Hill, Luton, LU1 4BH
Tel: 01582 738714     E-mail: museum.gallery@luton.gov.uk

In the award winning Stockwood Craft Museum, discover what life was like in rural Bedfordshire. The lives and trades of people who lived and worked in this area in the 19th century. The Museum has a wide range of displays showing how the 19th century residents of this area went about their work and daily lives.

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The Eagle Gallery

101 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QP
Tel:  01234 346995        E-mail: info@eaglegalleryartists.co.uk    
Web: www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk

The Eagle Gallery is run by a non-profit making cooperative of over 30 like-minded artists dedicated to exhibiting and selling original artwork by Bedfordshire artists at reasonable prices. The Eagle Gallery Artists produce work in a wide variety of mediums, including 2D and 3D work, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, stained glass, collage and photography.

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