This year's Summer Exhibition will celebrate our Arts Council England National Lottery Heritage funded Bunyan Anniversaries Project 2021-22, which is also supported by Bunyan Meeting, volunteers and the Friends of the John Bunyan Museum.


Join us in celebrating 75 years of the John Bunyan Museum and 5 years of Basement@Bunyan here in the centre of Bedford, UK.
A kids' trail will be available in the gallery every day to help families to explore together both the exhibition and the museum (free of charge).

Children can also be inspired every Thursday in the Bedfordshire school summer holidays 11 - 3.00pm with a fun programme of children’s craft activities linked to Bunyan's heritage and stories.

Just drop in with £2 per child (suitable for age 4 to 10, must be accompanied).

On 5th August you can contribute your own bunting flag to go on display with our exhibits too!


Previous exhibitions

“Gaol! Banged-up in Bedford” at John Bunyan Museum, Mill Street, was a free exhibition running from Tues 2nd July to Sat 27th October 2019.


The exhibition looked at crime and punishment from the 17th Century to the present day. Visitors found out what life was like in prison for famous author and prisoner of conscience John Bunyan. They learnt about the terrible conditions John Howard saw when he was Bedford's High Sheriff and the reforms he made. Visitors discovered what life is like today for people in modern prisons like Bedford Prison.