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The Bunyan Museum tells the story of this renowned author, pastor and preacher. Visitors to the museum are able to take a walk through Bunyan’s life and times.
On entering the museum, visitors are greeted with a three-dimensional model of Bunyan towards the end of his life. Visitors are invited by Bunyan to join him as he looks back over his life. The periphery of the room is made up by a series of tableaux, room sets and reconstructions, interspersed with information points.
This area is a reconstruction of part of a 17th century kitchen and eating area with work surfaces and reproduction wear. It evokes the kind of home in which Bunyan and his first wife grew up.
The town and work
Following on from the early life section, the visitor now walks through a section recreating the 17th century Bedford scene. There is a three-dimensional figure of a tinker which was Bunyan's original trade, as well as an anvil and tools which can be handled. There are also jigsaw versions of John Speed's 1610 map of Bedford, and one from today.
Civil War: Bunyan as a soldier
Bunyan's period of service in the parliamentary army is represented in this reconstruction of a corner of a barrack room complete with furniture. There is a three-dimensional figure of Bunyan as a young soldier and an interpretative information panel.