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Curator's Message

Final Visitor numbers 2016

A great 5878 total (including 1663 children 241 outreach), only a little down on our fantastic 2015 figures (6626 total (including 1741 children 668* outreach).

*the high number of outreach visitors is due to the Life Path project which will run again in 2017.

Half-term activities and re-opening

John Bunyan Museum is open on Saturdays during the winter including February 4 and 11, before re-opening fully on Tuesday 14 February

On Thursday 16 February we will be running children’s workshops “Potions, Posies, and Poems” in partnership with Bedford Chronicles. It will be a great mixture of learning, making, and creating 17th century potions, posies, and poems. The sessions start at 10.30am and 1.30pm (each last 1hr 30mins), £3 per child, this will be very popular, so booking is advisable as numbers are limited.

Letter writing competition

On Tuesday 21 February we will also be launching our annual competition for school-aged children and young people. This year we are asking you to imagine you are Elizabeth Bunyan; your husband John Bunyan has been imprisoned for his beliefs, and you have to write a letter to the powerful judges to plead and argue for his pardon and release. There are four age groups: 5-8 years, 8-11yrs, 11-14yrs, and 14-18yrs, with a first, second and third prize for each of the categories.

The closing date for the competition is 5 June 2017 and the winners will be announced prior to a special presentation evening at the Museum on Tuesday 4 July 2017

Easter Egg hunt

During the Easter holidays the museum is running a free Easter Quiz, where children can hunt for the letters on Easter eggs hidden around the Museum. Re-arrange the letters to reveal a mystery word and win a chocolate egg prize! The Easter Egg Quiz runs from Saturday 1 to Saturday 22 April - look out for our posters!

Nicola Sherhod


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