- John Bunyan Museum
name=John Bunyan Museum
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
website= [http://www.bedfordmuseum.org/johnbunyanmuseum John Bunyan Museum]
John Bunyan Museum is a
museumprimarily dedicated to the life, times and works of John Bunyan. The museum is located in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. [ [http://www.bedfordmuseum.org/johnbunyanmuseum/bunyan_home.htm Bedford Museum ] ]
John Bunyan (
November 28, 1628– August 31, 1688), a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote " The Pilgrim's Progress", arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of Englandhe is remembered with a Lesser Festivalon 30 August.
The museum is housed in the same complex as the Bunyan Meeting Free Church, the
churchin which John Bunyan was once a minister. It occupies the site of the barnwhich the purchased in 1672 and used as a place of worship. The present church is the second purpose-built church on the site and was built in 1849. [ [http://www.bedfordmuseum.org/johnbunyanmuseum/church.htm Bedford Museum ] ]
The museum itself was formally established in 1998, though there had been a collection of Bunyan artefacts and
memorabiliahoused in a small museum room in the church complex since 1849. Today the museum has a number of recreation scenes from Bunyan's life which also show some of Bedford's social historyin the 17th century. In addition there are artifacts such as Bunyan's iron violinand wooden flute, Bunyan's stoneware jughe used in prisonas well as his willand a third edition of "The Pilgrim's Progress". [ [http://www.bedfordmuseum.org/johnbunyanmuseum/background1.htm Bedford Museum ] ]
Bedford Museum- Bedford's principle museum situated opposite the John Bunyan collection
* [http://www.bedfordmuseum.org/johnbunyanmuseum/bunyan_home.htm John Bunyan Museum official website]
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