Museum reopens and launch of children’s writing competition

Published on 12 January 2017

On Tuesday 14th February John Bunyan Museum & Library will be reopening fully for 2017.

On Thursday 16th 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 10.30 and 1.30 (each last 1hr 30mins), £3 per child, this will be very popular, so booking is advisable as numbers are limited.

If that is not enough – on Tuesday 21st 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.

Curator, Nicola Sherhod said,

“Elizabeth Bunyan is a forgotten hero; she was brave and courageous – trying again and again to be heard by the Judges, including throwing a letter into the coach of one of the Judges as he passed, and visiting the Swan to plead in front of an intimidating group of judges, justices and gentry.”

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

The Museum will reopen on Tuesday 14th February, and continue to open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am- 4.00pm until October (Closed Good Friday) and admission is free.

For more details contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303

or email   

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