In this art and social history exhibition, explore the local impact of the weather, alongside artists depictions of the sky above.
Drawn from the renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, explore storms and calm skies, fluffy clouds and drenched cities, sun worship and visions of the moon in the work of artists such as JMW Turner, Samuel Palmer, Alfred Sisley, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash and Edouard Manet.
In addition, celebrate the local pioneers and research organisations including the founders of the national Royal Meteorological Society, the weather forecasters for the airships at Cardington and the recorders of rainfall. Explore the history of extreme weather in Bedfordshire and its effects on changing river levels and habitats for wildlife; from the floods caused by the deep melting snow in 1947 to the Easter floods of 1998.
This art and social history exhibition combines paintings and prints by major artists, film, photographs, objects, and local stories culminating in a reflection of our fascination with the weather and its effects on the world around us.
Image Credit: The 1947 Floods from the Deep Melted Snow in Bedford, 1947, © Bedfordshire Archives. Reference No: BP54-4-10
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