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. Every Wednesday (and selected 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. Selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or 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.

 

Discover Preston Talk: The Preston Pals

Discover Preston gallery

Thursday 28 August

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Join us for a special talk about The Preston Pals with David Huggonson, author of Preston & the First World War.

Follow in the footsteps of William Rawcliffe, a Preston Pal. His letters and further sources will help retell one of many stories in Preston's First World War past.


What time? 2-3pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, places are limited and this talk will be popular! Call 01772 905414

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Vintage Harris

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Saturday 30 August

To celebrate our exhibition, Behind the Scenes: The Secret Life of Clothes, the Harris goes back in time for Vintage Harris.

With stalls, a ‘beauty parlour’, vintage crafts to try, talks about some of the fabulous fashions in the Harris’ extensive collections, plus a spamtastic vintage café menu on offer for one day only, just for Vintage Harris, it’s time to dig out your vintage outfits and come dressed to impress!

Entry is FREE.


What’s On:

12-1pm, Drop-in craft session – making rose brooches and hairclips (suitable for all ages)
12-12.40pm, Explore the Harris’ jewellery collection – see some of our treasures up close
1-2pm Horrockses Hour – a talk celebrating some of the garments in the Harris’ collection from the stylish, world-renowned Preston-based clothing manufacturers. A chance to get up close to some fabulous Horrockses Fashions.
2-3pm Drop-in craft session – making rose brooches and hairclips  
3-3.40pm Talk: Mens’ fashion, including suits through history from the 1930s to the 1970s.


All afternoon:

•    Live music from Leading Notes
•    Caroline Preston, a member of The British Compact Collectors Society will be on hand to share the fascinating history of her glamorous vintage powder compacts on show and answer your questions.
•    Sneak peek of our forthcoming fashion exhibition, Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey through Art and Fashion
•    Beauty Parlour: Get your hair styled in a vintage look with hairdresser Kerrie Lamb!

Stalls include:
Retroqueen – vintage clothing
Vintage Faith – Vintage Clothing
Wudstock – woodwork crafts – created with reclaimed wood from organs and beams around Lancashire
RebeccaUK – Bespoke tailoring
Yappers and Chappers – alternative stall, revamped clothes
Walking on Glass – engraved glassware
Bev Salisbury – furniture
Owl and Heartflower – crafts and gifts, beautiful scarves
Astrakha Vintage – clothing
Liz Proctor – clothing

What time? 12-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

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Tour: Making Waves - Painting Lancashire's Coast

After a Gale by William T. Richards

Wednesday 3 September

A Taste of the Harris
Join Lindsey McCormick, one of the curators behind our summer exhibition, Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea for a tour of the works from the Harris collection that feature in the exhibition, focusing on the works depicting familiar scenes from the 137 miles of glorious coastline on our doorstep.


What time? 12.30-1pm
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 September

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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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Discover Preston Talk: The Remarkable Films of Will Onda

Discover Preston gallery

Tuesday 9 September

Join curator Emma Heslewood for a fascinating insight into Preston acrobat and cinema pioneer Will Onda who during his lifetime produced an incredible record of Preston on film, including life on the home front in WW1.

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, booking is essential - call 01772 905414

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What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 11 September

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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.

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

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Heritage Open Day

Outside the Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 13 September

We're taking part in Heritage Open Days - celebrating fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Details of our programme to be announced nearer the time!

What time? 11-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 13 September

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As part of Heritage Open Days, this is your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out about how they ended up in the Harris!


What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? FREE
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414 or book your place at the museum shop.
Suitable for?Ages 12+

 

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Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Wednesday 17 September

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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Tour: Models and Makers - Women in Art

Harris Museum & Art Gallery Fine Art gallery

Thursday 18 September

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Join Greta for this tour of the Harris Fine Art gallery focusing on women in art.

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

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Art Talk: Two of a Kind

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery's Fine Art Gallery

Wednesday 24 September

A Taste of the Harris
Join us for a closer look at two of the paintings in the Harris collection as we compare and contrast the works, the artists and the times they were created in. This time: Pauline and Hannibal's Sister.

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

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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 25 September

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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

Wed 27th, 12.30-1pm
Art Talk: Two of a Kind

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

Thurs 28th, 10.30am-12.30pm
Time Explorers: Close-up Coins
Ages 5-12

Thurs 28th, 2-3pm
Discover Preston Talk: Preston Pals
Book on 01772 905414

Sat 30th, 11-11.40am
Family Egyptian Balcony Tour
Ages 7+ with adult
£1/50p book on 01772 905414

Sat 30th, 12-4pm
Vintage Harris
Stalls-Beauty Parlour-Crafts

Tues 2nd Sept, 11am-12pm
Little Hands On
Under 5s & carers

Wed 3rd, 12.30-1pm
Tour: Making Waves Exhibition - painting Lancashire's Coastline

Wed 3rd, 2-4pm
Meet the Costume Champions

Fri 5th, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s & carers

Sat 6th, 1.30-3.30pm
The Potter's Apprentice
Ages 5-12

School's Out!
FREE workshops every Tues, Wed, Thurs & selected Saturdays. Download the Family Fun leaflet

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