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Bedfordshire Heritage Library

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  • The Bedfordshire Heritage Library is a special area in Bedford Central Library housing items from the local history collection that are rare, valuable or delicate and are of particular historical significance. It is open on Tuesdays 11am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm and at other times by appointment
  • It provides a quiet and peaceful space where you can consult:
A selection of old county, town and village histories

Local directories and poll books

Special collections of works by John Bunyan and Mark Rutherford

Early journals and magazines, including 'The Wasp', the journal of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, 1922 - 1964

Bound volumes of newspapers

Old maps, including the first edition Ordnance Survey mapping for the county

Complete set of Victoria County Histories

'Gentleman's magazine'

'Notes and queries' (journal)

Volumes of alumni of Cambridge University (from the earliest times to 1900) and of Oxford University (1715-1886)

  • The Bedfordshire Heritage Library was officially opened on 11th May 2004 by archaeologist, historian and 'Time Team' television presenter Guy de la Bedoyere

Bedfordshire Heritage Library contact details and opening times

John Bunyan's signature

Page from old John Bunyan edition

Book cover illustration of a hot air balloon crossing the channel


Page last updated: 5th September 2017