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.

 

Jewellery Talk: Bracelets

Clothes from the Behind the Scenes exhibition

Thursday 31 July

Explore ...
Uncover the stories behind the bracelets in the Harris' collection.

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 2 August

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Wednesday 6 August

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 6 August

Explore ...
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.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 7 August

Explore ...
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.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 9 August

Explore ...
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? £1/50p concessions
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414 or book your place at the museum shop.
Suitable for?Ages 12+

 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Archaeological Finds Afternoon

The Poulton Elk

Monday 11 August

Stuart Noon from the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be here helping to identify and record your archaeological finds. This includes pottery, flint, stone, leather and metal objects dating upto 1700AD.

Bring along your finds to find out more about them and contribute to the knowledge of the archaeology and history of the city.

Find out more about the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PDF).

What time? 1-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: Making Waves - Contemporary Works

Sophie Clements There, After

Wednesday 13 August

A Taste of the Harris
Join Clarissa Corfe, one of the curators behind our summer exhibition, Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea for an in depth look at the three contemporary works loaned to us for the exhibition.

Image: Sophie Clements, There, After (film still) 2011



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

 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 14 August

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.

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Scent Bottle tour

Scent Bottle Collection

Tuesday 19 August

Explore ...
Find out more about Mrs French, scent bottle collector extraordinaire, and some of the 2,700 bottles she collected!

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Wednesday 20 August

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Art Gallery Tour: Crazy Eyes

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery's Fine Art Gallery

Saturday 23 August

Explore ...
Join us for a tour of the Fine Art galleries. This time the tour focuses on 'crazy eyes' looking at shapes in paint and sculpture.

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Explore Making Waves

Sculptures by James Tower

Tuesday 26 August

Explore ...ad symbol
... the Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea exhibition. This tour features audio description and there will be opportunities to handle objects featured in the exhibition.

What time? 2-3pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Art Talk: Two of a Kind

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery's Fine Art Gallery

Wednesday 27 August

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: Harold Hayman and Why War.

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Discover Preston Talk: The Preston Pals

Discover Preston gallery

Thursday 28 August

Explore ...
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

prestonrememberslogo

 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Vintage Harris

Dresses from the Harris collection

Saturday 30 August

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

With stalls, afternoon tea in our fabulous atrium, beauty parlour, vintage crafts, talks about the Harris' fashion collection and much more, it's time to dress up in your finery and see and be seen at the Harris!

Stalls already confirmed include: bespoke tailoring service, RebeccaUK and contemporary glass designer/engraver, Walking on Glass.

More details to be announced nearer the time.


What time? 1-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 3 September

Explore ...
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.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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

Preston Remembers logo

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 11 September

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.

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 13 September

Explore ...
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+

 

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: Models and Makers - Women in Art

Harris Museum & Art Gallery Fine Art gallery

Thursday 18 September

Explore ...
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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 25 September

Explore ...
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.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Market Square,
Preston
PR1 2PP 

T 01772 258248 (office 10am-4pm)
T 01772 905414 (event bookings)
E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

f logoHarris Museum
AndArtGallery


twitter-bird-light-bgs@HarrisPreston

 

 InstagramHarris_museum


Opening hours:

Mon                    11am - 5pm
Tues – Sat          10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays


FREE entry

This week's events

Art Talk: Two of a Kind
Wed 30th, 12.30-1pm

Wonderful Wednesdays
Wed 30th. 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12

Time Explorers
Thurs 31st, 10.30am-12.30pm
Ages 5-12

Jewellery Talk: bracelets
Thurs 31st, 2-2.45pm

Little Hands On Story Time
Fri 1st August, 10.30-11am
Under 5s & carers

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?
Sat 2nd, 12.30-1pm

Little Hands On at the Harris
Tues 5th, 11am-12pm
Under 5s & carers

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

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?
Wed 6th, 12.30-1pm

Wonderful Wednesdays
Wed 6th, 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12

Meet the Costume Champions
Wed 6th, 2-4pm

Arty Explorers
Thurs 7th, 10.30am-12.30pm
Ages 5-12

Tour: The Harris-An Architectural Gem!
Thurs 8th, 2-2.45pm

Shadow Puppet Workshop
Fri 8th, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12
£2, book on 01772 905414

Hands On at the Harris
Sat 9th, 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12

Egyptian Balcony Tour
Sat 9th, 2-2.45pm
Ages 12+
£1/50p book on 01772 905414

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

Click on the titles for more details

Friends


TAlogo