Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

friends01Whether you're interested in art, history, fashion or ceramics and glass, we have a wide variety of talks, tours and workshops on offer!

Choose from:
A Taste of the Harris - bite-sized lunchtime introductions to the Harris collections, art styles, history and more. Selected Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12.30pm (30 minutes),

Explore ... In-depth talks, tours and workshops. Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts. Most Thursdays and/or selected Saturdays, from 2pm. (45 minutes - 2 hours)

Specials -
extend your knowledge of art or history with talks from academics, historians or artists, or celebrate auspicious dates/festivals at one of our takeover days.

Group Tours - We can also arrange an exclusive tour especially for your group for which there is a small charge.  Please contact Steve Walker on 01772 906194 to find out more.

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 23 May

A Taste of the Harris

Join us for a free tour of our history gallery, Discover Preston, and find out what makes our city unique and innovative.

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Get Hands On with Sculpture

A sculpture from the collection

Thursday 28 May

Explore the Harris
Don't miss this rare opportunity to handle sculpture from the Harris' collection including, Artist in a Storm Cap by Jacob Epstein, and explore the processes involved in casting bronzes.


What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

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Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 3 June

Explore the Harris

Always wondered what Harris volunteers do? This is your chance to meet our costume volunteers and join in with their work by padding a hanger. You can also find out more about the textile care projects on display in the
Behind the Scenes exhibition.

Ideal for anyone with an interest in how musuems care for collections and the Harris' fashion collection, and students (of all ages!) of fashion, costume and museum studies.

Any local artists or students who wish to draw from the collection are welcome to join us – pencils and paper can be provided.

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Art Detective: Beattie's Paintings

John Horrocks by Robert Beattie

Thursday 4 June

Special event
Do you know every inch of Preston? Could you help us identify the places in Preston that Beattie painted? If so, drop in between 2pm and 4pm and help us solve a mystery also improve our collection records!

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Tour: Contemporary Art exhibitions

Lucy Beech, Me and Mine 2015

Thursday 4 June

Explore the Harris
Join our Contemporary Art Curator for a guided tour of our two new exhibitions, Lucy Beech: Me and Mine and Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp.


What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

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Performance: Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson

Lucy Beech

Saturday 6th June

Special Event at Preston Guild Hall

Beech and Thomasson perform a newly commissioned movement-based work that responds to the vast space of Preston’s Guild Hall.  Working with a group of local performers, Beech and Thomasson explore what is implied by presenting intimacy in public.  

Their collaborative work is characterised by choreographed group activities that often involve the live construction of sound. At the centre is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for working through everyday problems and experiences.  www.lucybeechandedwardthomasson.co.uk

Part of the Dance First, Think Later contemporary art programme.

 

Where? Preston Guild Hall
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?  No, just drop in any time between 11am and 5pm.

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What's in the Box?

Spider scent bottle from the Harris' collection

Thursday 11 June

Explore ...

Every month, meet us on the 2nd floor balcony to discover what's in the box! The Harris' Decorative Art Curator will bring out a selection of boxes from the museum store ... there could be some surprises as some of the boxes may not have been opened for some time!

Get an insight into the work of a curator;  help us investigate, condition check and document the treasures contained in the boxes and learn some of the 'tricks of the trade' in storing and repacking the boxes correctly.

This month is a scent bottle special edition of What's in the Box - your chance to hold and examine some of our extraordinary scent bottles!

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? FREE
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Dying Matters

Victorian Mourning Brooch

Saturday 13 June

Special Event

To complement our current solo exhibition by Lucy Beech, featuring her new film, Me and Mine, following a female undertaker as she negotiates her way through the changing landscape of the traditional funeral business, we present a day of talks, tours and workshops looking at the rituals of death past and present, plus some practical guidance on preparing for one of the things guaranteed in life (and we don't mean taxes!)

TALKS:

Back to Black: The Complex Rituals of Victorian Mourning
11am – 12pm Discover Preston Gallery
From horse-drawn hearse to widow's weeds, we lift the veil on cryptic customs shrouding a Victorian death.'
Dr Amanda Draper is a freelance curator with over 15 years experience of working with museum collections including the Harris'. Her PhD is a study of mourning in Victorian art.

Why Everyone should make a Will and How to leave your very own Legacy
12 noon – 12.45pm Discover Preston Gallery
Anna Marie Knipe and Rosemary Johns, Associate Solicitors at Birchall Blackburn Law, will dispel the myths about making a Will and Hilary Machell from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will talk about how the museum could benefit from even a small gift.

The Sudden Rising of the Nile
1pm & 3pm Fine Art Gallery
Find out more about this remarkable history painting with our expert guide.

What Makes a Dead Good Funeral?
1.45pm-2.45pm Discover Preston gallery
Sue Gill will cover this topic with a presentation concerning aspects of unique ceremonies, showing how the practice has moved on with natural burial sites and how to find them.

EGYPTIAN BALCONY TOUR:

How the Egyptians dealt with Death
2pm, Egyptian Balcony
Visit John Somerscales’ murals at the top of the Harris to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians thoughts and beliefs surrounding death and how it influenced their religion and culture.

Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414. Please note that places are limited.


STALLS:

Preston Cemetery-Past and Present
1pm-3pm 1st Floor
Join Julie Knifton to find out more about the people buried there and the clues left behind by the Victorians.

Meet the Friends of the Harris
11am-2pm 1st Floor
Anna Marie Knipe, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law and her colleague Rosemary Johns will be available with the Friends of the Harris for an hour before and after their talk (see below) to answer questions and give informal guidance.


WORKSHOPS:

Hands on History
1.30-3.30pm Discover Preston Gallery
For families, drop in free
Based on Victorian mourning item


Tracing Your Ancestors
2.00-2.30pm, Community History Library, 1st Floor
A window on wills, burials, obituaries and inquest reports with Claire Sutton from the Community Heritage team
Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited. 10 places


What Makes a Dead Good Funeral?
3.00pm-4.00pm
Following on from the What Makes A Dead Good Funeral presentation, this workshop will be an opportunity for questions and discussion and an invitation to spend some time generating ideas, with guidance, and noting your own funeral wishes and preferences.

Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited. 20 places

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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 18 June

Explore the Harris

Find out more about the fascinating architecture and history of the striking Grade 1 listed Harris building which houses our fabulous collections.

What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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This week's events

 

Sat 23rd, 11.00-11.40am
Family Egyptian Balcony Tour
Ages 7+ £1.00/50p

 

Sat 23rd, 12.30-1.00pm
Tour: What Makes Preston Special

 

Tues 26th, 11.00am-3.00pm
Big Treasure Hunt Day
Ages 5-12

 

Wed 27th, 1.30-3.30pm
Wonderful Wednesdays 
Ages 5-12

 

Thur 28th, 10.30am and 1.30pm
Time Explorers: Meet a Forensics Expert
Ages 5-12

 

Thur 28th, 2.00-4.00pm
Get Hands on with Sculpture
Adults and children 5+

 

Sat 30th, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris
Ages 5-12

 

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