Current Exhibitions

Records of War

3 October  - January 2019

This exhibition features First World War prints by official war artist, Muirhead Bone, and beautifully composed photographs taken by Preston’s Town Clerk, Alfred Howarth

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72:18: Joseph Gudgeon

Photograph of the former Preston Indoor Market

13 October  - 25 November

Photographs of Preston's former Indoor Market

The former Indoor Market holds a special place in the hearts of many local people. It has played a huge part in their lives over the years, not only as a shopping destination but also as a social hub. A regular meeting place to catch up with family and friends.

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Preston's Windrush Generation: The first 70 years

Black & White photo, Preston Windrush Generation

13 October  - 25 November

Growing up in Preston was tough in the 1960s if you had Caribbean heritage. This exhibition takes an honest and sometimes tough look at the experiences of the Windrush Generation in their first 70 years of living in Preston.

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Whittingham Lives: Hidden Histories - Alternative Futures

Image: Guild Lodge Service User Drawing

13 October - 25 November 2018

Preview Tuesday 16 October
5.30pm - 7.30pm

Whittingham Lives is an exhibition that forms part of a wider project exploring the history and legacy of Preston's Whittingham Asylum, from its opening in 1873, through to its final demolition in 2016.

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Preston Street Style

Preston Street Style montage

Exhibition
From 16 September 2017
Preston is packed with people being creative with clothes. This exhibition maps fashion from the Harris collection against the city to see who wore what where.

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A View of Preston from Penwortham Hill c.1820

Conservator at work on View of Preston

Exhibition
From 13 August 2016

Please note our fine art galleries will be closed on Thursday 8th February for a private event.

Lose yourself in this unique painting of Preston on the cusp of change – a picturesque harvest scene in the foreground contrasts with the rapidly growing industrial town across the river.

Thanks to a public donations campaign led by the Friends of the Harris, this landscape by John Jenkinson has been expertly conserved at Lancashire Conservation Studios and we are once again able to display it at its best. Look out for dramatic tall chimneys, windmills, traditional hay stooks, and features still recognisable in Preston today.

 

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Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Discover Preston Gallery
From 1 February 2016

On display for the first time, following essential conservation, is this Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner. Carried in the 1902 Preston Guild, it shows an elaborately painted gas lamp in the centre. Preston was the first provincial town to be lit by gas and 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of this milestone in the city's history.

 

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Discover Preston

Discover Preston logo

History Gallery
Permanent Exhibition with changing displays

Discover what makes Preston special in our history gallery, Discover Preston. Read on for your guide to the gallery.

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Fine Art Galleries

Fine Art Gallery

Gallery

The fine art collection contains paintings, drawings and watercolours, prints, photographs and sculpture. Most of this collection is displayed in Gallery on the second floor and on the balconies and stairways.

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Subcategories

  • Dance First, Think Later Contemporary Art Programme

    Dance First, Think Later was a contemporary art programme which took place from 2015 - 2017 exploring notions of performativity and the human condition; tragicomedy and absurdity. It also included support for professional artists in Preston and the wider North West, practical workshops for adults and children, and a youth engagement programme, Sparks. Find out about the principal exhibitions, performances and events which took place as part of the programme below.  The programme was supported by:

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